Be Wise

For Friday, July 27, 2007
Proverbs 23:19-21

Hear, my son, and be wise,
and direct your heart in the way.
Be not among drunkards
or among gluttonous eaters of meat,
for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
and slumber will clothe them with rags.

Be not among - that is, do not be as one of them. Be wise and direct your heart; do not follow your heart. Do you want to be your own decision maker? Then be it now while you can. Choose to follow the way of righteousness now. For once you choose to be among the drunkards and gluttons, you will find your will to choose gone. Drunkards to not choose to remain drunkards. They do not choose to lose their willpower and destroy all their relationships. They do not choose to be fired and to end up sick on the street. The same holds true for gluttons. They do not choose to keep eating and destroy their health. They do not choose to be sated with food or other forms of "pleasure." They can not give up what they thought they would not want to give up. They find themselves slaves to what they thought was serving them.

Be wise now. Direct your heart now. Choose now while you still can.