Proverbs Blog – 10 Biblical Quotes on Taking Action!

 

“Let her works bring her praise at the city gate” ~ Proverbs 31:31

And so the book of Proverbs ends in chapter 31, verse 31 with an expectation that the Woman of Proverbs 31 would be praised at her local government center because of her works.  She is a mother, a businesswoman and involved in charitable work in her community.  Above all, she is a Woman of Action.

How about you?  Do you leap out of bed on Monday morning or are you a snooze button person?  Whatever one you are here are ten action quotes from the Bible to help jump-start your day and your week.

Take Action!

Take Action!

  1. Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you” ~ Luke 11:9

 

2. “The Spirit of the Lord came on him is power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the binding dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone from a donkey he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men”~ Judges 15:15

 

  1. “It is better to get your hands dirty and eat than to be too proud to work and starve” ~ Proverbs 12:9
  1. “The Lord has said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.  So Abram left as the Lord had told him.
  1. “Faith without works is dead” ~ James 2:7

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  • “You know these things now do them – that is the path of blessing”~ John 13:17

 

The Narrow Path

Walking the Narrow Path

  1. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

 

  1. Follow me and let the dead bury their own dead”~ Matthew 8:22

 

  1. “If a man shall not work he shall not eat”~ II Thessalonians 3:10

 

  1. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”~ Colossians 3:23

How about you? If you have any favorite action quotes please share them – I’m always in need of a good kick in the pants!  Have a productive and prosperous week!

Proverbs Blog – Living Between the Steps

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act”~ Proverbs 3:27

“Be ready to do whatever is good” Titus 3:1

Doing good is an art.  It requires alertness, readiness and the creativity to know what action is required.

Most of us are willing to do good, but so often the opportunity slips by before we can act.  How can we condition our minds to be alert and ready for the opportunity to do good?

First of all it takes a very alert mind to see the needs around you.  I notice this trait in others more than most, because my wife is in a wheelchair.

We were heading for the entrance of a movie theatre a few weeks back and I watched a young boy about age 11 or so jump up, quickly race across a large lobby, and open the doors for us.  There were dozens of people closer to us, but this boy saw the opportunity to help and was on his feet immediately.  How do we cultivate this trait?

Perhaps the following story “Living Between the Steps” might help.  Like many internet stories, I can’t verify if it is true or not.

A young soldier is sent from a base to the airport to pick up a visitor.  As he escorts his visitor through the airport the soldier is constantly distracted.  He helps an older woman who needs help closing her suitcase. Next, he assists a mom with arms full who is trying to negotiate the escalator.  A child up ahead  drops a stuffed animal which the soldier scoops up almost as soon as it hits the ground.  The visitor is amazed and asks the soldier where he learned to do this.

 

Removing Mines

Demining

The soldier’s response was that in Viet Nam his job was to clear mines and booby traps.  He had seen close friends who had been killed and terribly injured by mines.  Before he could put his foot down he had to carefully look and examine everything around him.  He did the same with the next footstep and the next.   It became a habit for him.  “I guess I just got used to living between the steps” he told the visitor.

How about us? The next time you are out and about make doing good a priority.  Cultivate a heightened awareness of the needs of others. Anticipate situations that might occur and be ready to jump into action.

Try “living between the steps.”

 

 

 

 

Proverbs Blog – Marriage – God’s Will for YOUR Life?

“He that finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord”~ Proverbs 18:2

Once again, a lesson from George Mueller, religious leader and founder of numerous orphanages in England during the early 19th century.

Young George Mueller,  a young minister on fire to preach the gospel, was sure that marriage was not God’s will for his life.  He needed to be free to go where God sent him.  But as it turns out, God had other plans.  Here in his own words is the story:

Dreaming

Girl Dreaming

“All this time my purpose had been, not to marry at all, but to remain free for travelling about in the service of the Gospel; but after some months I saw, for many reasons, that it was better for me, as a young Pastor, under 25 years of age, to be married. The question now was, to whom shall I be united? Miss Groves was before my mind; but the prayerful conflict was long, before I came to a decision; for I could not bear the thought, that I should take away from Mr. Hake this valued helper, (my note: Miss Groves was housekeeper to Mrs. Hake) as Mrs. Hake continued still unable to take the responsibility of so large a household. But I prayed again and again. At last this decided me, I had reason to believe that I had begotten an affection in the heart of Miss Groves for me, and that therefore I ought to make a proposal of marriage to her, however unkindly I might appear to act to my dear friend and brother Mr. Hake, and to ask God to give him a suitable helper to succeed Miss Groves. On Aug. 15th, 1830, I therefore wrote to her, proposing to her to become my wife, and on Aug. 19th, when I went over as usual to Exeter for preaching, she accepted me. The first thing we did, after I was accepted, was, to fall on our knees, and to ask the blessing of the Lord on our intended union.”

In old Westerns they ride off into the sunset but George and Mary Mueller’s fantastic faith journey began on their knees.

I remember as a young man, spending years wondering if marriage was God’s will for my life.  Thankfully it was although I was nearly 30 before I was married.  I think if God has put the desire for marriage in your heart that is an indication it is the will of God for your life.

So, like Mr. Mueller, seek the will of God, study the scriptures and I am sure that you, my single friend, will find that marriage is in your future.

For a wonderful modern rendition of the life of George Mueller I recommend a book called Simple Trust, Simple Prayers by Cindy Mallin.

http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Trust-Prayers-Life-Changing-Journals/dp/1616382759

 

 

Proverbs Blog: Life Coaching From Proverbs; Speech – The All Important Skill

“Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips” – Proverbs 4:24

“The lips of the righteous nourish many” ~ Proverbs 10:21

“From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things” ~ Proverbs 13:2

 “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue”~ Proverbs 31:26

To be successful in life you will need to speak well.  This is a universal skill that is needed whether you are a student, religious leader, in business or working with children.

Perhaps the most famous self-help book of all time is “How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.   Very few realize, prior to this book, Dale Carnegie wrote three books on public speaking.  His target market was men trying to achieve success and move up the corporate ladder.  From the foundation of public speaking Mr. Carnegie later added additional people and success skills that would provide the foundation for “How To Win Friends and Influence People”.

The The good thing about speech skills is they can be taught.  The bad thing, is that speaking in public is the single greatest fear for most people.   The only way to learn this skill is by practice and doing.  Take bold action to achieve this skill and move in the direction of your fear.  Here are some suggestions.

Me Speak?

Me Speak?

  • Volunteer to teach a children’s or adult Sunday School or similar class
  • Join a local Toastmasters Club
  • Hire a speech coach and take formal lessons
  • Take a speech class in high school or college

In my mid 20’s I joined my first speech club.  I was terrified the first time I stood up to speak.  I was shaking and my voice was quavering.  I wanted to go home that evening and never come back.  But I did come back, and over a period of years I actually looked forward to speaking opportunities.  It has been perhaps the best single training for my career in insurance.

Still unconvinced of the importance of good speech?  As you read your book of Proverbs mark a small “T” in every Proverb that has to do with speech or the tongue.  You will be amazed at the number of verses that deal with good speech.

Life is too short, don’t hold yourself back – begin today to build good speech habits.