Google+ 04/03/14 Dressed for Success!

Proverbs 3:1-4


My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
    Store my commands in your heart.
If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
    Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
    Write them deep within your heart.
Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.


Today, Solomon deals with a subject that is all but forgotten here in the United States.  I believe it is a shame that it has no meaning anymore.  According to Solomon and the Bible, it may well be the reason that so many people are unhappy and have poor reputations.  Solomon says, "Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!"  In the "good old days," people worked for the same employer their entire life.  My dad retired having worked 35 years for the same school district as a teacher.  In almost 64 years of marriage, my mom and dad have lived in five homes in two states.  In my lifetime, I have moved 17 times and I am 30 years younger than my dad!  Employers and employees used to treat each other with loyalty and respect.  Now it is all about money.  Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Johnny Unitas all played professional sports at a very high level for one team their entire career.  Today, players and owners alike "bid" for each other and cut "back-room" deals that don't have anything to do with loyalty or kindness.  That's why most kids that want to go to a professional sports game will never be able to go.  It simply costs too much.  Notice that Solomon says loyalty and kindness are the keys to finding favor with God and His people.  We churches and Christians should look carefully at this statement.  First, find a local New Testament Church where you can worship EVERY week.  Then serve the Lord with gladness there and give God your time, talent, and treasure.  Be loyal to that church and its leadership.  After all, we are to be in one accord with each other.  Believe in the Godly things that are occurring and don't bail on God if there is a Godly conflict.  God's people make mistakes and fall short all the time.  Go to the person you have a conflict with and resolve it.  ALL problems are based on a lack of communication, which creates misunderstanding.  By attempting to resolve the conflict in a Godly way, we will determine whether the other party is Godly and confounded, or simply making wrong choices that we can't change.  At that point, God tells us to pray for them and "kick the dust off our feet."  We must write loyalty and kindness deep in our hearts.  If we forget, Solomon says to tie loyalty and kindness around our necks as a reminder.  Then we will always be, "Dressed for Success!"