To answer your first question, no – I don’t believe there is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. To answer your second question, no it’s not a word.
So, I made up a word. I spent a lot of time thinking about a name for this blog series and podcast, but couldn’t come up with anything that I liked. So, what does a wise person do when the right word just can’t be found? Makes up their own word.
Okay, maybe not a wise person, but this kind of person does.
So, why a series and podcast on Proverbs? Hasn’t that been done. Probably. And weren’t they done by people who have a better understanding than me? Maybe. (Not to toot my own horn, but I do have a degree in Bible and Theology. I tell you that not to brag, but let you know that I’m not just some guy talking about the Bible.)
But, still, why Proverbs? Simple. How many times have you heard people say they are worried about the world we live in? Probably hundreds. You’ve probably said it yourself. And, yes things may be bad out there. In fact, I’ll agree that I’m concerned with a lot of the moral collapse in our society. I’m very concerned. And that’s why I’m doing this.
While I agree that our world needs a lot more of Jesus, and could use some more knowledge of His word, I also believe we need to do more than just find Jesus again. I have known hundreds, if not thousands of Christians who love Jesus. And yet I have also known many who make little attempt to live according to the principles of the word. They found Jesus, and, well, that’s enough.
What we don’t need are more people who find Jesus and learn about Him, but do nothing to live like Him.
So, as I thought about this problem, I decided to do something. And I hope you’ll join me. Even more than that, I hope you’ll join me in trying to live a proverbious life and that you’ll try to bring someone else along for the journey.
If we are going to bring about change in our world, we must have not only the knowledge of the word, but ability to live a life fully encompassed by it. We don’t just need to know it, we need to live it.
And that is where we begin.
“So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves.23 For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror.24 For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. 25 But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out—he will be blessed in what he does.”
May we be blessed in all we do, because we live out the message we have heard.