Wisdom Boot Camp – Proverbs 22

Recognize a dangerous situation and not try to avoid it or protect myself from it? Yes, I agree with this proverb in chapter 22, that’s foolish.

“A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3 NIV

Another proverb that catches my eye is “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” 21:6

The word train means “to control or guide towards a specific goal (as in training a plant up a wall).”  Another dictionary entry says “to guide or teach (to do something) as by subjecting to various exercises or experiences (like an athlete preparing to compete, or a warrior preparing for battle).” Training requires a lot of hard work over a period of time, is entirely worthwhile, and is not without pain. A serious long-term commitment. With eternal rewards.

I’m so glad I can trust my patient Trainer to teach me well. After all, he gave his all for me.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for the Warner Press quarterly, Pathways—Moments with God, since 2016 and posts free devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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