Leave the Vomit Alone: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (May 26, 2017)

Prov 26:11 (NKJV)

As a dog returns to his own vomit,

So a fool repeats his folly.

How many of you have ever thrown up? Raise your hand! What was that like? Was it fun? Disgusting?

Do you know what’s even grosser than throwing up? Going back to old throw up and eating it. “Mmmm! Old throw up!”

Well, that’s what dogs do. They eat grass. They throw it up. And then they eat it again.

And what does the Bible compare this to? Going back to eat vomit is like the foolish man going back and doing the same foolish thing over and over.

What are some foolish things that we might do?
• If your teacher says to stop making silly noises in class, and you keep doing it…that’s returning to your vomit.
• If your mother tells you three times to clean your room and you keep playing Legos in your room instead…that’s returning to your vomit.
• If your dad tells you to put your bike away each time you use it, and you keep leaving it out in the middle of the sidewalk…that’s returning to your vomit.
• If your teacher catches you cheating on a test and you try cheating on another test a few weeks later…that’s returning to your vomit.

Remember our sound off? “Rebuke a wise man… …and he will love you!”
That’s what the wise man does…he listens to rebuke, loves the person who gives it to him, and changes his ways. But when a foolish man is rebuked, he not only hates the person who is rebuking him, he also DOESN’T CHANGE. He keeps doing his folly over and over again.

So, what kind of people are we going to be? Are we going to be wise men who listen and change? Or are we going to be vomit eaters?

Let’s be people who learn from our mistakes. Let’s be people who try, with God being our helper, not to repeat the same sins over and over again.

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