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Discerning Wisdom & Position (arrogance v. humility)

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 When E·liʹhu saw that the three men had nothing to say in answer, his anger flared up.  So E·liʹhu the son of Barʹa·chel the Buzʹite began to speak, saying:“I am young And you men are aged. So I respectfully held back, And I dared not tell you what I know.  I thought, ‘Let age speak, And let a multitude of years declare wisdom.’  But it is the spirit in people, The breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.  Age alone does not make one wise, Nor is it only old men who understand what is right.10  So I say, ‘Listen to me, And I will also tell you what I know.’ (Job 32:5-10)

 

“age alone doesn’t make one wise”…commentary on verse: “Wisdom does not come with age alone. It requires understanding of God’s Word and the guidance of his spirit.”

speeches & debates…Job and supposed comforters…[excerpted reading Insight On Scriptures Vol. 1 “Elihu”] (my highlights)

Likely Elihu listened carefully to the entire debate between Job and his three would-be comforters. But, out of due respect for their age, he remained silent until all had finished speaking. Though modern critics have labeled Elihu as loquacious, saying that his speeches were long-winded, the statements of Elihu were not those of an impertinent young man. He fully appreciated that wisdom was not the exclusive possession of those advanced in years, but that God’s spirit made one truly wise. Elihu, therefore, leaned heavily on God’s spirit. He was thus able to discern correctly that Job had failed to appreciate that the vindication of Jehovah God is far more important than the vindication of any man and that Job’s three friends had actually pronounced God wicked.—Job 32:2-9, 18.

Elihu was impartial, not bestowing a flattering title on anyone. He recognized that he, like Job, was made of clay and that the Almighty was his Creator. Elihu had no intention of terrifying Job but spoke to him as a true friend, addressing Job by name, something that was not done by Eliphaz, Bildad, or Zophar.—Job 32:21, 22; 33:1, 6.

In every respect Elihu exalted the position of the true God: The Almighty is just, rewarding the individual according to his conduct. He judges without partiality and is fully aware of the course taken by men. God hears the outcry of the afflicted. He is a Teacher who makes men wiser than the animal creation. Only untruth does God not hear, and so Elihu encouraged Job to wait for Him. Furthermore, Elihu assured Job that God was with him and that He would not preserve the wicked alive, but that those serving Him “will finish their days in what is good.” (Job 36:11) Job was then admonished to magnify the activity of God, the great Provider, who gives food in abundance. Elihu called Job’s attention to the great things done by God and His control of natural forces, encouraging Job to show himself “attentive to the wonderful works of God.” (Job 37:14) Elihu concluded on a lofty plane, saying concerning the Almighty: “He is exalted in power, and justice and abundance of righteousness he will not belittle. Therefore let men fear him.”—Job 37:23, 24; chaps 34-37.

7/1/17 @ 8:24 a.m.

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Seashell Skull

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Whatever it takes to protect my mind from…………(You??) (me??) (the external/the internal) (aka (any potentially) lasting spiritual harm)

SEASHELLS enable mollusks to live in harsh conditions, resisting tremendous pressures on the seabed. This ability to provide optimum protection inspired engineers to study the shape and structure of seashells with a view to designing vehicles and buildings that will protect their occupants.

discipline.

In the case of the bivalve, it was found that the ribbing on the exterior of a shell directed stresses toward its hinge and outer edges. In contrast, the curving exterior of a spiral shell directed pressure toward its core and wide top. In both cases, the seashells’ shapes channeled pressure to their strongest areas, meaning that in the event of damage, harm to the mollusk would be less likely.

Researchers also ran comparative stress tests on real shells and on simple hemispheres and cones (produced on a 3-D printer) that mimicked shells’ shapes and composition. The results showed that natural seashells’ complex surfaces nearly doubled their ability to withstand pressure when compared to the simple shapes. [Was It Designed? The Shape of Seashells Awake! No. 5 2017]

(don’t judge me by my outer shell/appearance: beware: i am no simple shape!)…

6/30/17 @ 11:01 a.m.

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Otter Know

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Divine Design…

The fur of the sea otter is denser than that of any other mammal, with some one million hairs per square inch (155,000 per sq cm). When the otter swims, its coat traps a layer of air close to its body. That air acts as an insulator, preventing the cold water from coming into direct contact with the animal’s skin and sapping its body heat.

Scientists believe that there is a lesson to be learned from the sea otter’s fur. They have experimented with a number of artificial fur coats, varying such factors as hair length and hair spacing. The researchers have concluded that “the denser and the longer the hairs are, the dryer or the more water-repellent the hairy surface is.” Put another way, sea otters can boast a truly efficient fur coat.

Researchers hope that their studies will lead to technological advances in the design and production of novel water-repellent textiles. This may lead some to wonder whether people who have to dive in cold waters may not be better off wearing a hairy wet suit—one similar to that of the sea otter! [excerpted reading highlights…AWAKE! No. 3 2017 The Sea Otter’s Fur]

Staying insulated by fresh/pure air…:)
6/19/17 @ 10:29 a.m.
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“Sounds of Life” are You Listening??! aka Sounding It Out!

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Heard this intriguing phrase “the sounds of life” in an encouraging talk.

How would You describe the “sounds of life” ??

may be? i’d sum up sounds this way:

Boo-Hoo!:(

and

Woo-hoo!:)

 

(Life is full of extreme happy and extreme sad and everything in between these two states…hmmm.)

What sounds are You making/hearing?…(with my mind or with my mouth? or with my fingers pounding my keyboard?)

my mind is looking forward to any time off…in near future, and my body is looking forward to a cup of tea now. My ears are looking forward to an uplifting song…so, i don’t wallow in my own depths of selfishness…so, i can actively pursue compassion today..and keep working!

EnJOY some Sunshine Reader:) and hope You’re life is full of WOO-HOO’s…:) (aka results of wise choices.) Life gets tricky/complicated…it’s like a new compassion language word..sometimes You gotta s-o-u-n-d it out! (aka look to divine wisdom for help.)

 

 

 

5/31/17 @ 12:41 p.m.

related context (IF needed)…/wellness/2013/06/did-you-hear-that-sound/

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Am i stupid??

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Whoever trusts in his own heart is stupid,

But the one who walks in wisdom will escape. (PRO verbs 28:26)

i don’t follow my emotional heart– nor do i listen nor trust misleading songs, etc that tell me to do so…

The heart is more treacherous (deceitful) than anything else and is desperate. 

Who can know it?  (Jeremiah 17:9)

there is danger in letting (fleeting/deceitful) emotions dictate action(s)…especially if angry and/or discouraged/down…

The one who is quick to anger acts foolishly,

But the man who thinks things out (or the man of thinking abilities) is hated. (Proverb 14:17)

If you become discouraged in the day of distress, (times of trouble)

Your strength will be meager. (ProVerb 24:10)

5/19/17 @4:35 p.m.

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Taking Turns (at both poles?)

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or is it?…(patiently) waiting (my) turn…

“During their lifetime of about 30 years, terns may travel well over 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km). That is equal to three or four round-trips to the moon! “This is a mind-boggling achievement for a bird of just over 100 grams [3.5 ounces],” said a researcher. What is more, because arctic terns experience the summers at both poles, they see “more daylight each year than any other creature,” states the book Life on Earth: A Natural History.”

Their pattern and path is an indirect s shape…

“No matter where they began their migration, the arctic terns flew an indirect route. As shown in the illustration, a common Atlantic Ocean route took an S shape. The reason? The birds simply take advantage of prevailing wind system.” [excerpts article Awake! 2017 No. 4 The Amazing Arctic Tern]

Being (deliberately?) indirect can be quite effective/efficient, eh?! 🙂 (and quite the achievement!;)

(Don’t Ya just love birds/these tiny amazing birds?!)

5/10/17 @ 3:35 p.m.

So, the next time i think being more direct equates to getting more accomplished; …i’ll ride the prevailing wind! -lol;)

“IT WAS long believed that arctic terns flew about 22,000 miles (35,200 km) on their journey from the Arctic region to Antarctica and back. Recent studies, however, revealed that the birds actually fly much farther.” [Awake 2017 No. 4 excerpt]

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Light By Day, Light By Night

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We live in times of uncertainty; that’s for sure!

2 “certain” things to trust:

The Sun.

The Moon.

“This is what Jehovah says,

Who gives the sun for light by day,

The laws (statutes) of the moon and the stars for light by night,

Who stirs up the sea and makes its waves boisterous,

Whose name is Jehovah of armies:” (Jeremiah 31:35, 36)

Man’s products: Light bulbs blow out and break. Candles melt and wicks burn up. (Aka whatever so-called “good” man can accomplish is only temporary at best including any solutions to problems.)
God’s creations: Everlasting Luminaries!:) (Permanent, reliable reminders of the surpassing superiority of Divine Wisdom at continuous work.)

Why not put your (complete) trust in God??

 

4/28/17 @ 8:32 a.m.

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Sunday 4/16/17

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So Sunday…just getting home; off goes my purple blazer…plopping down in a comfy chair–snap!…reflecting/meditating/”capturing” a moment about…

an important topic (my Fam and i heard an afternoon talk) “pursuing peace in an angry world.

Have You noticed?? how “many” are very upset, ANGRY and on the verge of losing it whether on the road or at the store or anywhere these days?? (Yes, we are all tired, over-worked, hurt, humiliated, sick, in pain, rejected, dejected, and stressed out, huh?!)

“Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man (person) we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Practical (Scriptural) Points to Help Us All…Pursue Peace with Fellow-Fragile-Life:

“Let go of anger and abandon rage;

Do not become upset and turn to doing evil.”

* (Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”) Psalm 37: 8, 9

Cultivate Peace: Being Kind. (When we choose to treat Others the way we would like to be treated (kindly, compassionately, and with respect); we don’t retaliate aka seek/scheme our own personal sense of justice by seeking some sort of vengeance: ouch!) Rather, we improve (IF possible) the situation/relationship by doing the kind/compassionate thing…anyway…e.g., “But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” * (That is, to soften the person and melt his hardness.)

We are all responsible for peace between fellow-fragile-life at home, in our respective communities, and globally…we can play a part in breaking the cycle of anger, hate, and violence:

Return evil for evil to no one. . . . If possible, as far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men.”—Romans 12:17, 18.

 THANK YOU so MUCH READER:) for PURSUING PEACE!!:)

4/19/17 @ 6:53 p.m.

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Sensing Friday

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Divine Wisdom makes me appreciate that my senses can betray me. Studying “Proverbs” helps me understand the potential power sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste have over me to endanger my spirituality. I’ve also learned that whatever “happiness” “pleasure brings…is temporary (and) at best.”

There are countless tables at which to feast…i choose wisdom’s table. A spiritual banquet that nourishes me and satisfies me. It humbles me constantly because it teaches me not to trust my own limited understanding/perception of things…Godly wisdom makes good “sense”.

Certain (mind/body) tables hold no curative value whatsoever for me (and what may ail me at the moment).

Curative Value (an important topic touching many topics, eh?) for example:

i LOVE honey!  Read the following:
“honey is easily assimilated by the body and quickly converted into energy. It is valued for its sweetness and curative properties.” “Pleasant sayings are spiritually refreshing, just as honey is good for the body.”
Questions for Consideration:
Can any so-called “leader” cure/heal humanity with unpleasant words and unpleasant tactics?
What curative powers do any so-called “leaders” in any realm/field/organization/government/religion/etc possess when words are bitter?
Do bitter words lead to bitter actions/bitter consequences?

Solomon says: “The discipline of the foolish ones is foolishness.” (Proverbs 16:22) They receive further discipline, often in the form of severe chastisement. The foolish may also bring upon themselves hardship, shame, disease, and even untimely death.

Cause and effect…HONEY! (a sweet solution:)

Pointing further to the wholesome effect that wisdom has on our speech, the king of Israel says: “Pleasant sayings are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and a healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24) As honey is sweet and provides quick refreshment to a hungry person, pleasant sayings are encouraging and refreshing. Honey also has health-giving and curative properties and is good for a person. So are pleasant sayings; they are healthful spiritually.—Proverbs 24:13, 14. (excerpts Wisdom is For a Protection W07)

Easily assimilated…life-sustaining energy…required (each day).
 10/21/16 @ 2:40 p.m.
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