Summary: Are we too mentally lazy to think? Being wise will help you rise!

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We Can Be Wise!

(Proverbs 21:20-23)

1. I have always enjoyed funny last words. Here are a few:

No, he doesn’t bite? Hey look a light at the end of the tunnel. "It's a dud! It's a dud! It's a du...". What does this button do? So, you're a cannibal. Are you sure the power is off? Pull the pin and count to what?

Which wire was I supposed to cut? I wonder where the mother bear is.

These are the good kind of mushrooms. Let it down slowly.

I can do that with my eyes closed. Look ma! no hands!

2. Wisdom — the ability to think and apply principles is specifics — can be one of life’s greatest assets. Wisdom has saved countless lives, in contrast to the above!

Main Idea: Wisdom cries out for us to embrace her and put her precepts to work. All of us can be wise if we are willing to replace our way of thinking with the way God’s Word says we should think. But we need to be alert enough to recognize the difference.

Are we too mentally lazy to think? Being wise will help you rise!

I. SAVING For a Rainy Day Demonstrates Wisdom (20)

Sometimes difference between foolishness & wisdom can be summarized as the difference between short term & long term thinking, impulsive vs. contemplative

A woman informed her friend, "I'm responsible for making my husband a millionaire." "Well what was he before you?" the friend asked. Woman replied, "A billionaire."

A. Deny yourself pleasure today for blessings TOMORROW

B. The not-so-wise thinks about ENJOYING surplus money

1. Gambling, covetousness, pride, addictions can quickly deplete funds…

2. We are a society that believes we must constantly reward ourselves

C. Frustration: when irresponsible spenders ask savers for HELP

D. People can over-do saving by assuming wealth brings SECURITY

1. Jesus’ story of a rich farmer who built barns and died before he could enjoy…

2. Some act as if the spiritual/social realm did not exist; focused on money

Being wise will help you rise!

II. A Truly Meaningful Life is a BY-PRODUCT (21)

The average American watches 28 hours of TV per week; in an average lifespan, that means we spend more than 10 years in front of the TV…

When you factor in Facebook, internet, video-games, you can imagine…

Other people are addicted to their own adrenaline; they don’t really trust God to work things out or others, but believe if they don’t do it, it won’t be done right.

A. If you seek to find your life, you LOSE it

A man and his wife were both 60 years old. For his birthday, a friend bought the man an old oil lamp and a genie popped out. He was given one wish, so the man wished that he could be married to a woman 30 years younger than he; poof, he was now 90 years old!

B. If you seek to give your life away, you FIND it

1. Expend time interacting with your spouse, children , church life, develop friendships, community

2. Pursue some interests in concert with others

3. Volunteer to serve in the Kingdom and the community

C. Stingy, selfish people are the most UNHAPPY

D. Righteousness melded to KINDNESS (hesed, unfailing love, enduring mercy)

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