proverbs 12.

•10/12/2012 • Leave a Comment

so back in the day when i was in elementary school or something, i lied to my mom.

and back then lying was a big deal… well it’s still is, but i guess i make more of an effort to cover up the lie than actually confessing to the lie, so it doesn’t seem like a big deal.

anyway, i lied to my mom about something… i don’t really remember what it was, but she made a big deal out of it (maybe because i was pretty little back then) and she made me copy this verse : “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22 

yes, she made me copy this verse 100 times, BY HAND.

so i pretty much know this verse by heart now. but did it really teach me a lesson about lying? i don’t think so. i’m pretty sure i lied again the week after, but i was just a bit more careful.

it was funny how i bumped into this verse again today, it was just a funny story i’d like to share with you guys.

proverbs 11.

•10/10/2012 • Leave a Comment

i’m going to talk about gossiping again.it’s been a reoccurring topic in proverbs.

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.” Proverbs 11:13

time for a story: so i’m the kind of person that gossips a lot (i’m sure i’ve told you this a billion times already) and a lot of people tell me things. i tend to tell other people the things they’ve told me, it’s a cycle that goes on and on. i’m friends with people who aren’t so friendly to each other, and sometimes i’m friends with people i don’t really like. so behind their backs i say things that hurt people’s feelings and i forget who i’m talking to at times.

so this one time, i accidentally said something to a friend, who’s a friend of the person i’m talking bad about… and it didn’t turn out good. i’m not going to go into details of what happened.

but i know i’ve betrayed a friend and now the friendship between us isn’t that good anymore because of me. it wasn’t necessarily a secret or anything, but i still felt like i’ve betrayed the friendship.

i have to say gossiping is kind of fun, but if you’re willing to put your friendship on the line, i guess you can give it a try.

proverbs 10.

•10/10/2012 • Leave a Comment

“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Proverbs 10:4

not trying to be stereotypical here (because i am asian) but this is a total asian thing to say.

no matter how many people make fun of the whole asian thing, and make jokes about it, all these statements that asian people make are all true. if we work hard, we get what we want which is “wealth” and if you don’t work hard, you’ll be a failure, which in this case is “poor”

us asians aren’t crazy, we don’t work our kids too hard. we say these things to motivate them. it’s unlike other cultures, it’s less lovey dovey and more to the point. we don’t tell the kids that their drawing is beautiful when it’s ugly, we tell them to work harder on it so it’ll look pretty.

the things we say, i’d have to admit, are a bit harsh sometimes, but it’s all for good.

i have to say though, asians are all for perfection, if you’re not perfect, you’re not good enough. i’m proud to be chinese, but i really don’t like how the mindset of things are in this culture. everything’s a competition, if you’re not as good as the person next to you, you’re pretty much not good for life, until you are better than the other person. you have to be good at everything from liberal arts to math. not so much for sporty things, but if you were to pursue into the sport direction, you might as well be the best player out there, or else you’re not good enough.

but back to the point.

us chinese say that if you don’t get a good result, you’re not working hard enough. and it’s true.

proverbs 9.

•10/10/2012 • Leave a Comment

i do not know how i should feel about this chapter. there are verses that i find kind of mean… maybe it’s just me. there’s this part where it kind of disses women a little, i’m not sure if it’s dissing women in general, or just a person named Folly.

i have no idea what or who Folly is, and if it’s really a person, she should be offended.

“The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those who lack judgment.“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious! But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.” Proverbs 9:13-18

if it’s not talking about a specific woman… it does sound a bit offending. but if it is… this woman’s got to get herself together.

i think this is going to be one of the few times where i’m going to be really confused about what the verses are actually about.

so maybe a little help?

proverbs 8.

•10/10/2012 • Leave a Comment

‘”For whoever finds me  finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”’ Proverbs 8;35-36

Jesus is described as life in the bible. so the first part is pretty much self explanatory. i just want to focus on the last bit of these two verses.

“all those who hate me love death”

i find this really… weird. does this mean that everyone else who’s not a christian loves death…? i don’t even know… the thing is, just because you’re not a christian doesn’t mean they’d hate Christ. i mean there are people in the world, who are not Christians and dedicate their life to prove Christianity wrong. those people obviously don’t like Jesus. but how about those people who are completely neutral about how they feel about Christ, i honestly don’t think they love death. they’re condemned to die and live and burn in hell for the rest of their life, but i don’t think they love death.

there are times where i just hate how things turn out and “hate” God because of it, there are a lot of things i say that make me sound like i love death. but those are just things that i say before thinking twice.

so i think i’m going to have to disagree with this part of the verse, because i genuinely do not think people who doesn’t believe in what i believe in love death.

proverbs 7.

•10/10/2012 • Leave a Comment

people always say “follow your heart,” but really, should we follow our hearts?

the bible tells us not to follow the ways of the heart because “Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.” Proverbs 7:27

so, is it okay to follow the heart?

i’m guessing what this really means is, we can’t just think with the heart. the heart is always based on emotions, and honestly, we really can’t base every single thing with emotions. especially for girls. we’re all over-emotional, and if we do have to base everything with emotions, i think my life will fall apart.

i actually learned a poem about this last week about the heart versing the mind. i don’t remember what the title of the poem was called but it was by Emily Dickinson. the narrator was in love with this guy. her mind tell her to move on, but her heart still wants to love him.

this verse is not necessarily talking about how evil the heart is, but more of how we have to think with our mind as well. don’t let your heart do all the work, because chances are things will fall apart. God gave us different parts and He expects us to use them all.

proverbs 6.

•10/09/2012 • Leave a Comment

again, no specific verse i want to talk about, but there was this one section that talked about what type of people God “detests”:

-prideful people

-liars

– people who plot evil deeds

– people who do things before thinking twice about it

– murderers

– false witnesses

– people who cause arguments between other people

so i was looking at this list and wondering which category i fit into, i’m not going to say which specific category i fit into, but i go into three to four categories here…

God must really not like me then, if i’ve sinned against him through so many things.

the thing i don’t really like about this chapter is that it doesn’t tell us what happens after sinning. it just tells us what God hates. but in reality He forgives us for all of those sins when you repent. it’s not a constant hatred towards you.

last year, my friend and i had this huge argument, we later on found out that it was all just a stupid misunderstanding, we didn’t talk for months. i was pretty much convinced that she hated me and there was nothing i can do for her to forgive me, because whenever i talked to her she’d just ignore me.

wouldn’t it be cool if back then, i knew already she would forgive me? seriously, all my burdens of feeling awkward or not knowing what to say would be all gone.

it’s the same with God, if we ask for forgiveness he automatically forgives us, and the burden of sin will be lifted off me!