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Focus

Focus is everything. Without our eyes ability to focus we cannot grasp the handle of a spoon. Without it we cannot drive a car and because of a lack of it our steps are more cautious.
In our mind's eye focus is a concentration with clarity on an action or attitude and what we focus on that we obtain. Solomon said, "What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted." (Proverbs 10:24) The wicked fear revenge, being overpowered by another, losing all they have and so that's what happens to them. The righteous person focuses on the good he can do and the graciousness he can share and so loves, cares, gives, becoming even more righteous.
The same is true as we focus in our emotions. Whatever is our emotional focus that is what we become. If it is revenge then we become revenge filled, bitter, angry and eventually desolate. If it is a continual focus on a specific person, then we become like that person. Remember the statement of the young …

Leaning

You and I have felt the physical force of wind as an unseen pressure pushing on us. In that moment, you thought it would have been helpful to have someone or something to keep you steady. You tried to mitigate the wind's force by leaning yourself into it and although it helped it did not keep you steady; you were still vulnerable to it pushing you around.
The wise son Solomon recognized the futility of leaning alone on our understanding. He said, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
The words "trust" and "lean not" are parallel. To trust is to lean on; to lean not is to not trust. Solomon is not here saying ignore your mind and your common sense but rather don't rely alone on your wisdom and experience or that of another person. The actual literal translation of the word "trust" is "to lay helpless, face…

Reverencing God

The base of all education and learning is found in Proverbs 1:7 where it states,  ,The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline."
This statement trumps all other wisdom statements. It is saying that the practice of a "reverential respect for God" is the point of beginning for a person in gaining knowledge and the application of knowledge at the right time which is wisdom. This "godliness" is where wisdom begins for if there is no respect for God then our thoughts, attitudes and actions are the result of an earthly and inferior wisdom.
If you cannot trust and respect God who made the creation, who continues to hold creation together, who has made man and His Son has died to give man new life, then you are subjecting yourself to an inferior knowledge and wisdom. He who does this is living his life as a fool as stated in the end of the verse because the evidence for God and respect due God is piled up all around us.
So…