Our Daily Bread Journal: Readings/ Thoughts Proverbs 18, and 19- Don't be a Fool!
Good Monday morning it’s June 21, 2021, I pray all is well: OUR DAILY BREAD JOURNAL: Today’s readings and reflections will come from Proverbs 18:1-24 and Proverbs 19:1-29 talking about how Fools Live and How to avoid Fools and Foolishness. I see a pattern here and the LORD is definitely speaking to me and making me reflect back on my old self. The LORD is definitely teaching me humility along with patience and self control, but he’s teaching me in a way where he gets my total attention.
Proverbs 18:1-24 (How Fools Live)
Proverbs 18:7 A Fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
Last night we watched a movie on PureFlix titled “One Life To Live” . The message of the story is what hit me. The story was about a selfish teenager that foolishly humiliated a homeless war veteran. To make this long story short the kid posted his bullying to YouTube where it received millions of views and likes. The Kid thought he was on top of the world until he stumbled across a comment. The comment said if there is a Jesus, then this kid needs him more than anyone. That message left the young man into deep reflection where ultimately he came to Christ for redemption. Why this example it’s simple I related to a young man not in the way of bullying but something I said years ago to an old friend.
We all know yesterday was Father’s Day and I was scrolling through Heather’s Facebook. I was looking at pics of family and friends when I came across an old friend. I don’t want to get into too much of the specifics considering this has to do with Journey Paws seven years ago. These old friends were good friends we had served with when Heather and I were at Fort Lee, VA. To quickly sum up an extremely large story with complicated details, I will keep this simple. When I noticed my vision of what I dreamed Journey Paws to be, and my Board was wanting a complete 360; I lost self control. I ended up hurting a great friendship, yes this was a two-way street; but my overall reaction still leaves regret in my mind. My buddy Don ended up dying a few years after our falling apart, and I never got a chance to make it alright.
Like the kid in the movie it’s clear we can’t always take back the words we say or even our reactions. What I said seven years ago to Don can’t be taken back, and I know he’s no longer with us. But as I reflect back on this I wish I had the Bible in my life because I feel maybe I could have corrected my wrong. Here is my answer from the LORD I can’t take back that day, and living in regret doesn’t solve the issues. What solves my issues is how I live moving forward making sure I don’t make those same mistakes. I need to take the high ground and try humility instead of aggression. My approach years ago was wrong even though the emotions I felt were normal, it was a reaction that wasn’t normal; maybe the LORD is telling me you need to be a little less you all the time!
“It’s our foolishness that keeps us ignorant and close minded, and It’s our reflection on our lives that keeps us humble and honest!” - Jared W. Campbell
Proverbs 19:1-29 (How to Avoid Fools and Foolishness)
Proverbs 19:19- A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
Proverbs 19:29- Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
“Foolishness is ignorance, self control is smart!” - Jared W. Campbell
“Don brother I know you are no longer with us, and if you are listening! Hear me out, I was foolish seven years ago and I wish I would have listened more. Instead I gave into my own foolishness and let my emotions get the best of me, we all did. To this day I’m sorry for my words that night on the phone. When I got the call you had passed my heart hurt because I knew we never spoke again, and I never got the chance to say I was sorry; and wrong! All I can do is move forward and make all my mistakes right before it’s too late again!”
“In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, I pray Psalm 63: 1-11 because we should all thirst for God.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired