Wisdom-Trek / Creating a Legacy
Welcome to Day 466 of our Wisdom-Trek, and thank you for joining me.
This is Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to Wisdom
Choose a Good Reputation Over Great Riches - Proverbs 22:1-16
Thank you for joining us for our 5 days per week wisdom and legacy building podcast. This is Day 466 of our trek, and today is Wisdom Wednesday. Every Wednesday along life’s trails, we dig for the nuggets of wisdom that are found within the book of Proverbs. Today we will explore the 1st half of chapter 22.
We are broadcasting from our studio at The Big House in Marietta, Ohio. This past weekend was very productive. We were able to make a pass of the entire lawn to clean up the leaves that have fallen so far. Most of the leaves have not fallen yet, but I still had 8 loads that I gathered up, and each load contains about 450 gallons of leaves. Paula gathered many loads of branches from a large limb that fell out of a tree on my brother’s property in last week’s storm. Inside the house, we unpacked several more boxes and setup the parlor with furniture. Taking care of the family homestead does require a lot of work, in addition to our consulting business, but it is rewarding and part of a much larger legacy that we are creating and living each day. We certainly enjoy thinking about, planning, and accomplishing our dreams.
What we think about and focus our time on is what we become. While most of us have heard the axiom “You are what you eat,” I believe a more true one is “You are what you think.” What you think about becomes your actions, and your actions become who you really are. It is part of your reputation. As we break camp for our trek today, let us explore the nuggets of wisdom found in the first half of Proverbs 22 where we will learn to…
Choose a Good Reputation Over Great Riches
Let’s start our trek with verse 1.
1 Choose a good reputation over great riches;
being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.
There is no amount of money that can purchase a good reputation. Solomon’s wise advice instructs us to choose a good reputation and high esteem over any amount of riches. It is truly better than unlimited silver and gold. What would you prefer? It is evident today, as it has been throughout history, that many would choose riches.
2 The rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord made them both.
Just as we come into the world naked and helpless, we leave the same way. It is important to realize that during the years in between, regardless of whether we are rich or poor, we have all been created in God’s image. We should love each other unconditionally, regardless of our economic status.
3 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
To be wise and prudent means that you make wise choices in life. It is the ability to anticipate the consequences of your choices and decide the best path to take. Otherwise, you are a simple person, or it may be said an unwise person. A simple person makes decisions and choices in life without understanding the consequence of those choices. This usually results in short-term thinking that causes long-term problems.
4 True humility and fear of the Lord
lead to riches, honor, and long life.
When you are wise, you will also be humble and respect the Lord who created you. When you are, then the choices that you make in life will be good and will result in good outcomes such as wealth, respect, and longevity of life.
5 Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road;
whoever values life will avoid it.
When a person’s mind is wicked, his or her entire life will reflect this. The individual’s trails of life are filled with problems, and the walk is dangerous. It is quite different for those with integrity who will avoid the same dangerous trails.
6 Direct your children onto the right path,
and when they are older,