Integrity: Reading/Thoughts Proverbs 10, and 11: Humility, self control and Courage
Good Tuesday morning it’s June 16, 2021, I pray all is well: Yesterday we had an outstanding time at Langer’s Entertainment Center over in Sherwood, OR. It was extremely loud but was fun, I enjoyed bowling and so did everyone else. Today’s readings and reflections will come from Proverbs 10:1-32 and Proverbs 11:1-31.
Proverbs 10:1-32 (http://bib.ly/Pr10.1-32.KJV) Humility, courage, and self control
These three things I need to tell myself daily. To do the right thing I need humility, courage and also self control. I need humility and self control in certain areas when I am approached by opposition. Self control is needed so I don’t say something sarcastic that might get taken out of context; leading some to think I’m insensitive. Courage on the other hand is my secret weapon because that gives me strength so I don’t compromise my values.
In the past I struggled with humility and there were times I thought something was wrong with me. I took on this worldview that every person was for themselves and that society is cursed into this mindset. I put up a front only allowing certain individuals close to me keeping others on a short leash kind of like a dog. I knew I was not a bad guy and eventually I stopped helping others due to my own distrust of the world. Eventually my lack of humility led to a lack of self control and how to respond to others. Let’s just say my mouth has gotten me into trouble more times than I can count. My mouth has shut doors and burned bridges over the years. I have both wronged and been wronged over the years. But I lacked the courage to not allow these shortcomings to dictate my reactions towards my opposition.
Moving forward to now it’s still not easy for me but now I have courage to drive on. I have now what I didn’t have before, humility, self control and courage, and the confidence to express the new me. Yesterday I was approached by a guy who worked at the Walmart off West 11th in Eugene, OR. The guy came up to me and said I like your Yeshua(Jesus) Face Mask, and I responded thank you. He said you aren’t afraid to get heckled especially wearing that I stand with an Israel T-shirt with that Mask. My response was that I no longer stand for a political ideology, I pay my taxes to Caesar but Yehusa(Jesus) has my allegiance! Yeshua calls us all who have chosen to pick up our cross to follow him to be disciples, proclaiming God’s victories in our lives. I went on to say our mission is to spread not only love and peace, but not allow ourselves to be silenced. I ended our chat with this: Was Yeshua(Jesus) afraid to die on that cross for both you and I, so now here’s your answer if he wasn’t afraid; I’m not either. I demonstrated humility, self control and courage in my response back. The guy smiled and said to the man who opened me up to take another look at the Bible. “God gave us the courage to open our minds, we just have to have the same courage to accept his invitation to a new life!”- Jared W. Campbell
Proverbs 10:4-7: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathered in the summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in the harvest is a son that causeth shame. Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
Proverbs 11:1-31 (http://bib.ly/Pr11.1-31.KJV) The Value of Righteousness
Yesterday I noticed hypocrisy right off the bat with this entire COVID19 FEARDEMIC! When I walked into Langer’s Entertainment Center apparently they weren’t checking to see who was vaccinated or not. Some individuals were wearing masks and others weren't. It was also striking confusion to others. I overheard many discussions on the confusion of the mask vs vaccination proof. I have no idea where I stand on any of this nonsense and I’m tired of the typical political rhetoric on what people believe or don’t believe. The issue isn’t the masks or six feet or even the vaccination, the real issue is this is all about control. It’s all about how society has lost basic wisdom and understanding, it’s against the law to be logical. It’s an abomination now to have simple reasoning because it makes me insensitive. What I see is just another breakdown in society from both members in our Government along with regular people like you and me. Integrity is lost and confusion and fear are the new normal! People lack the courage to stand up to this hypocrisy. To me this could end if we banned together! Instead just like our Government sending false messages and hope, our society is doing the same mixed or confusing messages. Proverbs 11:3- The Integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
“False hope and messages are not built on truth and integrity, it’s built through fear and strengthened by lies!”- Jared W. Campbell
In closing as long as we allow this behavior to continue the false hope and messages will continue. At some point the foundations we grow weaker to until there is an all out collapse. Confusion and fear backed up by compelling lies will only lead us down a path of no return. We must use our humility, self control and courage under Christ to stand our ground because if we don’t our time to stand united will eventually run out!
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired