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Technology and Information
Technology is fantastic; it makes life easier and at the same time destroys our principles. The principals of the old tried and tested ways. Today, we have access to all the latest news, world events, and maps and more at the touch of a button. The vast amount of information flowing over the internet is mind boggling. Today we cannot live without our cell phone, iPad, computer and television. Our lives seem to revolve around being in touch with everybody and anybody. Social media is so much fun, interacting with friends, family and strangers for most part of our waking day.
Yet what about the human connection, that special hug, a kind word only your ears can hear, a smile and a laugh. Social media lets us laugh at the jokes posted, cry with our friends who are experiencing difficulties and tell stories, but the human connection is mission. We often find that living in our virtual world leads us to become isolated at times and even unsocial.
Perhaps we all need to remember our three best friends and never forsake them. It is our three best friends that can turn our life into a peaceful, fulfilling, loving one. Our three friends can help us overcome the darkest hours of loneliness, fill us with tranquillity and hold our hand along our life’s journey. The book of Proverbs is amazing; there are thirty-one chapters. Often I have wondered why, perhaps it was meant for reading one chapter a day. With the technology available, we can read a chapter a day in any language at the touch of a button. It is amazing, we do not have to carry around the bible, and we have our cell phone, tablet, laptop and connectivity to the internet to instantly access, our three friends.
Sometimes our lives are hectic, off to work, kids to school, it is one big rush and we seem to have less and less time for the most important thing in our lives.
Teenagers today lead stressful life and so do many other people. It is good to focus on teenagers purely because of the hectic stressful lives they seem to live.
Their schoolwork, the pressure of keeping up appearances, the snide remarks from friends, peer pressure, financial pressure, and relationship pressure and on it goes. Some wonderful youngsters who will have to cope under the stress created by the older generation have a difficult time. Technology, television, movies cell phones, computers, and all the other gadgets make living a normal life impossible. Yes, certainly, the advance of technology has made life easier but at the same time more difficult. The ancient ways are in the past, and in the history books, but not forgotten. In years gone by life was simple, it was easy, we had time. Time to look up at the sky, time to walk along the beach, time to smell the flowers, time to love, time to give, time was what we had. Time was used wisely, it was joyful and good. We had time to talk and laugh, make friends and have fun.
Now, what do the teenagers do? Watch television, talk on cell phones, play computer games, socialise over the network. Their world has changed. The amount of time spent doing these things takes away the pleasures of living a fulfilled life of enjoyment.
Computer games of war and demons and socialising with weird people, sex, drugs and alcohol have crept into their innocent lives. They are no longer children, they know more because information is so easily accessible. No time for real friends, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the love of family. Depression, anxiety, stress is now part of their lives. A quick fix, yes tablets, drugs, alcohol. “I am tired, take a pill, I cannot sleep take a pill.” There are pills for everything. Real living, true love, genuine joy, it is gone, but there is good news, we can take it back. Yes, we can, it is easy, and with no pressure or stress, just a few minutes a day can change your life. Do you want to change? If you do, read on.
Finding your Three Friends
Proverbs, is the most wonderful book of the bible giving us so many clues on how to live a full abundant, victorious life, We can take it back, we can have it all, the key is do you want to!
Who are our three best friends? Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding, the three best friends you will ever have.
The book of Proverbs written by the wise King Solomon, sharing the powerful words for all to understand, seize and have forever. The very first few chapters, gives us insight. To know wisdom and instruction, is to live a life filled with joy.
1The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5a wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 to understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
This is what it is all about
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Now we see, fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Hearing and following the instructions of our ancestors, gives us wisdom. We need to think about this, we need to heed this chapter.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
Here is the key to starting your life on the right path. Avoid sinners. You know what is good and bad. Here is the way. Stay away from sinners. It is true, if you refuse, you will be slandered, victimized, and rejection will probably follow. So what... You are going to succeed. You have the best three friends.
Your friends, Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
You see, wisdom wants you, she is crying for you. Do not forsake her; she is your best friend. For just a moment, think about how much your life will change with wisdom, your best friend.
WISDOM - THE BENEFITS
- An exhortation to obedience. Heed this and you will find favor with God and man!
- Learn the importance of humility.
- The happy gain of wisdom, it is truly happy.
- And the benefits of wisdom!
- Being charitable has benefits!
- Obedience follows wisdom.
- Again, avoid evil!
- Have faith and again avoid evil paths!
- Study wisdom!
- Live with contentment, liberality, and chastity!
- A friend's liabilities learn!
- Idleness - watch!
- A willful mischief-making - stay away!
- The blessings of obedience - it is so good.
- Have a sincere familiarity with wisdom!
- An example from King Solomon.
- Abstain from wickedness!
- The fame of Wisdom!
- The nature of Wisdom!
- And the eternity of wisdom!
- Desire Wisdom for the blessings it brings!
- The discipline of Wisdom!
- Understand the custom and error of folly!
- Read all the observations on moral virtues and their contrary vices!
- Read the observations about kings
- And about avoiding causes of quarrels
- Observations about fools, sluggards and quarrelsome busybodies.
- Observations on self-love and on true love.
- On care to avoid offenses.
- Observations on impiety and religious integrity.
- Of wealth and poverty.
- Observations on public government and control in private affairs.
- Of anger, pride, thievery, cowardice, and corruption.
- Lemuel's lesson of chastity and temperance
Agur's confession of faith
1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, 2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. 3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. 4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
The two points of his prayer
7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
The most menial are not to be wronged
10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty. 11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Four things insatiable
15 The horseleech hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: 16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough. 17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Four things hard to be known
18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. 20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness. 21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: 22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; 23 For an odious woman when she is married; and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
Four things exceedingly wise, four things stately
Yes your three friends, Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding, are waiting for you, embrace them, and you will have a happy life.
All bible text quoted taken from King James version