In the world but not of it

March 17, 2010

Back to basics…

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Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—a stranger, not your own lips. Proverbs 27:1-2

At one time or another we have all heard the phrase “back to the basics”. This is something that is usually quoted when a person, company or organization has come to the point where they are not moving forward any longer or they are experiencing some level of stress and pain that forces them to reflect and evaluate where they are, how they got there and what is now needed to move on.

Doing the basics never goes out of style. The world uses other phrases to describe this approach like nuts and bolts, nitty-gritty, foundational, etc…

Proverbs is a “matter of fact” kind of book. It gets us back to the basics by getting to the point. There are many good books in print on how to succeed at one thing or another but their “basic” instructions and teachings all come from God’s word. Just as Solomon wrote (Eccl. 1:9) “there is nothing new under the sun”.

Just look at today’s passage, wouldn’t you admit that these two simple principles speak volumes in how we should conduct ourselves? The whole idea of not bragging or being arrogant and the reminder to let other people talk about you rather than you doing it…that is a simple principle, yet profound since in today’s world that is what most people do, they make promises for tomorrow and then tell you how great they are.

Let’s stick to God’s Word…

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