New Tricks

Ever heard that saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!”?
Well, I disagree! Each day, we can learn something new!

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance” – Proverbs 1:5 (http://bit.ly/2XGeSHq)

There is this old (ish) song that says “you live you learn.”
I like that! Each day is a “classroom.”

We can learn to be kind.
We can learn new skills.
We can learn new information.
We can learn new things about God.

Maybe, a good practice is to start each day with a simple prayer: “God, what will You teach me today?”



Read Proverbs 27:20 (http://bit.ly/2JBpVM9)

Does it matter what I watch? Surely it won’t do any harm!

The problem is one glimpse is never enough, we see it and want more. Before we know it we are trapped in pornography or obsessed with TV series, but we can’t stop. The eyes always want more, ready to go further and further.

So, STOP at first glance, don’t take a second look, don’t fall for the lies, control your desires, before they control you. If you are already trapped, don’t despair, the Holy Spirit can rescue us from temptation and addiction if we surrender to Him and ask for help.



Read Proverbs 27:19 (http://bit.ly/2V4yBOs)

When you want to see if you look good, you look into a mirror. It reveals the spots and shows if your hair is untidy, so you can change it.

To know what a human is really like, look at their heart. The outward actions and appearance can be deceptive, but the heart shows the real issues that need to be dealt with.

Take time to understand your own heart and see what needs to change, but also make the effort to find out who people really are and take a glimpse into their hearts, rather than just trusting the outward appearance.



Read Proverbs 22:13 (http://bit.ly/335OZm0)

“I had to attend the funeral of my mum’s cousin’s pet, because I was an uncle and pallbearer.”

Sometimes we come up with crazy excuses for not doing things we are scared of or don’t want to do. In Proverbs 22:13 an example of this sort of crazy excuse is given. If we worry about every little thing that could happen, we will never do anything!

Let us trust God and face our fears in life. Let us take responsibility for what we need to do, rather than making excuses about it and God will go with us and help us.