If you spend much time on social media, you will be aware that we live in a very defensive world. Nobody seems to like the idea that someone else might think they are wrong.

But then I read Proverbs 12:1 (

I am reminded that when I am wrong, it is a sign of strength to be able to hear that and do something about it. My life has been made so much stronger by people who I have asked to hold me accountable in terms of what I write and say.

Who have you asked to do that for you?



Too many Christians live with a mantra that, if they were honest, sounds a little something like this: ‘Trust God, but have a backup plan’. We call it wisdom, but often it shows a lack of trust in God or the community of Christians we engage with.

Proverbs 3:5,6 calls us to a much riskier outlook – read it here:

We still need to be wise in how we go about this but as we learn to hear God’s Spirit leading us so we can trust God more.

Which plan, OR backup plan, do you need to trust God with?



Proverbs 6:23 (

Discipline can be a hard pill to swallow. We don’t know everything and therefore will be wrong every now and again.

In High School, I used to hate getting my maths results because I knew what the outcome was, and I knew I had no business doing maths to begin with. Correction can also give us direction.

So in the new year, do not condemn yourself for last years’ failures. Instead allow them to give you a new sense of direction, whether it’s working harder, extra lessons or finding effective study methods. Be open for God to give new direction.



Read Proverbs 10:19 (

If you’re like me, this scripture can come as a bit of a blow to your ego. I talk a lot. I love engaging in conversation. The Bible says that, from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks, and my heart is pretty full.

There is nothing wrong with talking though, Jesus talked. It is when the tongue is not controlled, where it causes havoc. Whether it’s through lies, social media or from a heart that’s set on bringing hurt and destruction.

The writer talks about being sensible; know where your heart is, and God’s view on issues – and then speak.