I was told by a frustrated supervisor, “Kathy, you think too much.” She found it impossible to accept that people’s strengths that were different from hers had value, so I learned to understand her misunderstanding me. Thinking things through helped me to be a better employee, produce better results and feel better about the work. In contemplating Proverbs 14, these verses caught my attention.
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” Proverbs 14:8 NIV.
“A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.” 14:15
I like the proverbs that compare opposite values. For instance, the wise do this, but the foolish do that. This makes what’s being said more clear to me. The first scripture shows that the foolish do not give thought to their ways but instead live in deception.
One of my favorites, for honorable mention:
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” 14:23
This might be a great one to use in the workplace where more and more texting (“mere talk”) is happening during work hours. This would definitely lead to poverty! It’s better to work hard, always looking for ways to improve, because that brings a profit.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis