How to receive honor

I want to be honored. Respected.

I don’t want to be poor and disregarded.

The Bible tells me how to have the first and avoid the second.

“He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored” (Proverbs 13:18 NIV).

You know the type… the guy who won’t listen to anyone, never asks questions, knows how to do everything. Watch him. He’ll crash and burn… poverty and shame. The girl who won’t take advice from her elders but goes her own way… does her own thing. Watch her. Without a course correction she will end up in poverty and shame.

If you want to ultimately be honored and respected then you must “heed correction”… take advice… listen to the counsel of wise mentors.

I want to live a life worthy of honor and respect. Some voices of correction in my life are:

  • My God (What I see when I read the Bible and what I hear when I pray)
  • Sherri (She knows me better than anyone and cares about me more than anyone. I am wise to listen to my bride.)
  • Trusted mentors/friends.
  • My counselor.
  • Books I read.
I find that when I “heed correction” I typically add more value to those around me and enjoy life more!
How about you? Do you agree with this verse? Who is speaking into your life?

One thought on “How to receive honor

  1. This past week we have seen 2 well-recognized people in the world who found out the truth of this verse. But I would add one additional word to this verse to drive home it’s self fulfilling prophecy. And that is the word “SELF.” He who ignores “SELF” discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored” (Proverbs 13:18 NIV). At the same time, we (men) need to realize that we are 1 moment away from throwing away our lives if we fail to control our thought life which leads to inappropriate behavior.

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