1/14/15: Birthday Reflections

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Today is my birthday and I am taking time to think about who I am, who I still want to become, how I want to be remembered, and the legacy I want to leave. As an author, teacher, speaker, and preacher, words are especially important to me, so I began to think about other words that have lasted for many, many years.

John Heywood, an English writer who lived from 1497 until 1580, was known for his plays and poems, but perhaps best lives on today through his proverbs. He is responsible for such wise sayings as:

  • Haste makes waste
  • Out of sight, out of mind
  • Look before you leap
  • Beggars can’t be choosy
  • All’s well that ends well
  • Better late than never
  • The more, the merrier
  • Many hands make light work, and
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day

It’s interesting to note that John was a believer who fled Europe to avoid religious persecution. Like most Christians, his writing was no doubt influenced by his faith and some of his sayings probably flowed from his understanding of certain scriptures. That brings us to one of John’s sayings that is our focus today: There’s no fool like an old fool.

Job’s friend, Elihu, echoed this sentiment when he waited until last to speak up about Job’s hardships. Elihu was the youngest of the group and had listened to what everyone else had said before taking his turn. Listening is a beautiful thing because by its exercise, much truth can be gleaned. Elihu realized that his older friends were wrong in their estimation of things and remarked, “Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice” Job 32:9.

As I get older, and as I contemplate the actions of some other older people, I notice the tendency to make snap decisions and feel justified because of our age to say whatever we feel. However, that wasn’t right when we were young and it’s still not right (nor is it usually accurate or kind) now. Contrary to popular (or personal) opinion, just being old doesn’t necessarily make us right all the time, but it’s difficult to tell us anything because we’re also quick to judge anyone who disagrees with us as disrespectful of our “wisdom.” Because those close to us love us, they continue to tolerate our abrasive insensitivity, resigning themselves to the fact that “that’s just the way he/she is now.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way. The same scriptures that regulated our social behavior when we were young should continue to have the same weight in our personal relationships now.

  • He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. Proverbs 13:3 (NIV)
  • Words from a wise man’s mouth are gracious… Ecclesiastes 10:12a (NIV)
  • Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Gal 6:10 (NIV)
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph 4:32 (NIV)
  • He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. Heb 5:2 (NIV)

It’s an old fool who refuses to bow to the guidance of Scripture in every area. I pray that I learn to guard my lips; that my words are gracious; that I take every opportunity to be good to people; that I’m kind, compassionate, and forgiving; and that I deal gently with others; always with a view to please God in my all my contacts with family, friends, and even strangers. May I grow both wise and sweet. How about you?

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~ by sanewriter on January 13, 2015.

5 Responses to “1/14/15: Birthday Reflections”

  1. Helpful, Sharon. Happy bd!

  2. Happy Birthday, Sharon! May the Lord richly bless you with a year designed especially by Him for you. Thank you for the great encouragement from the Word in today’s post. Right in the middle of a situation to which these jewels directly speak. Thank you ♥

  3. Just thinking of ways to promote your books at our Association church’s preschools. St. John’s and St. Paul’s in Orange , both have preschools that do book fairs at least 2-3 times per year. Esther Jow is St. Paul’s preschool director and I can introduce you to her when you are ready to explore this option further.
    Blessings for your birthday and all you do to brighten our world with your words of wisdom. 🙂

  4. I thoroughly received this today!!! Thank you sooo much for always sharing your wisdom. For one last time today, I submit to you, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND. 💓

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