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Clarity

How many times have you had a discussion with a friend, spouse, child, someone at a business, or someone in the government and thought you were on the "same page" only to find out later that there were differences in the way you or they understood your conversation? It happens a lot and the end result is not clarity. Clarity is clearness of mind. Clarity breaks up the clouds, the clods and the assumptions that exist. It clears the path and provides correct understanding. Paul in writing a letter to his mentoree Timothy said, "You should keep a clear mind in every situation." (2 Timothy 4:5a) He was referring to his earlier words that people were going to stop listening to Timothy's sound and wholesome teaching, follow their own desires, look for those who would affirm their decisions, reject the truth and follow after myths. Paul went on to write, "Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the m…

Lazy Slothful Sluggard

These are three words which identify a person who would rather be at ease than engaged in a challenging journey. Solomon reviewed all types of people in the book of Proverbs, usually by watching and listening to them. God gave him great wisdom to discern the things of the world and ways of people, so he shared a clear picture of a sluggard when he said, "The lazy person claims, 'There's a lion on the road! Yes, I'm sure there's a lion out there!' As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. Lazy people take food in their hand but don't even lift it to their mouth. Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors." (Proverbs 26:13-16) There are four clarifying statements about a lazy person that are noted here. First, the lazy person deceives himself of reality. He is filled with foreboding by fabricating excuses for not venturing out. These invented excuses imagine fearful things, i.e. a lion on …