Here are a few of the gems of wisdom available for us today from Proverbs 11 (from the Message Bible translation):
Vs.14. Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.
Who speaks into your life? Who do you look to for advice and counsel? Don't go it alone. The input and insight of other wise and experienced people can be extremely helpful as we navigate the major decisions of our lives.
Vs.17. When you're kind to others, you help yourself; when you're cruel to others, you hurt yourself.
Unfortunately, kindness is becoming a lost art. Turn random acts of kindness into regular acts of kindness today - starting at home with those you love the most and continuing with it all through the day, especially to the 'little people' who others so easily ignore, mistreat, or walk by.
Vs.20. God can't stand deceivers, but oh how he relishes integrity.
Integrity means there is an integration between who people see on the outside and who we really are on the inside. When there is a gap, we experience inner tension and lack of peace.
Vs.24-25. The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
God is a giving and generous God and he calls us as his children to be just like him. Choose to be generous with your words of encouragement, your assistance, your time and your finances today.