Proverbs is one of the five “Books of Wisdom” found in the First Testament. The other four are Psalms, Job, the Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes. Tradition holds that the wisdom literature was written by “sages” to address how to live the virtuous life in relationship to God.
I can’t think of a better beginning for this new year’s Thought for the Day than this nugget of wisdom from Proverbs.
“My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
2 for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare they will give you.
3 Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and of people.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.
9 Honor the LORD with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My child, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the LORD reproves the one he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.” NRSV
May I suggest you read this several times throughout your day. It is the best counsel I know towards living a virtuous life.
Be a blessing to someone today!