Well of Life: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (May 5, 2017)

Pro 25:26 (NKJV)

A righteous man who falters before the wicked
Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.

Pollution makes water undrinkable. Nobody will drink from a well if the water is polluted. No matter how good the water was to start with, if you put garbage in a well, the water turns so bad it can even kill you. Continue reading “Well of Life: Proverbs for the Young”

Well Done: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (March 3, 2017)

Pro 22:29 (NKJV)
Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.

Our school Paideia started with a vision, a goal, a direction in which to head. The families that started this school wrote down what kind of school they wanted it to be. They wrote down what kind of students they wanted to come out of our school. Listen to what they wrote down: Continue reading “Well Done: Proverbs for the Young”

It’s Contagious: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (February 24, 2017)

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NKJV)
Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.

The proverbs teach us about many different things. This particular proverb has a couple things that I want you to understand:

#1. Who your friends are matters. This proverb warns us that we will become like our friends. We will turn into the people that we hang out with.

This can be good or this can be bad. If we spend time with people who speak kindly, make peace, show patience, and give thanks, they will help us become kind, peaceable, patient, thankful people. If we pal around with friends who let sin run their lives, sin will start to run our lives too.

#2. Anger is dangerous. One thing that we know about God is that He is slow to anger. We should be slow to anger too. Remember Proverbs 16:32? “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

If who our friends are matters, and if anger is dangerous, then angry friends become a trap for us. Do your friends go off in a huff when people won’t play the game exactly the way they want it? Do your friends yell at their parents when they don’t want to leave the party? Do your friends shove, hit, or kick to make sure they get what they want?

Now, even more importantly–do you do any of these things? Are you the angry friend that is leading others into sin?

Guard your soul from falling into a trap. Choose your friends wisely, and guard yourself against anger–because the worst thing about anger is that it’s contagious.

Lion in the Street: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (February 17, 2017)

Proverbs 22:13
The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be slain in the streets!”

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                              Photo  Credit: Travis Jervey (Wikimedia)       

Look! There’s a lion in the street! My dog ate my homework! I left my binder in the car. My mom made me do extra chores. I had to get ready for the big game. I didn’t know how to do this and there was no one to ask. My hand was too tired to write any more. My eyes wouldn’t stay open. I lost my HAS form.

It is not hard to make an excuse. It is not hard to find a way out of responsibility. The lazy man is good at this. The lazy woman is the most creative excuse-maker in the world.
I know this truth from personal experience. I know this because I am the father of four children. When it is time to pick up the ten thousand Legos on the bedroom floor, my children are all magically seized by the need to go to the bathroom. If that does not work, they are suddenly all deathly tired and need to take a rest. Leg cramps. Headaches. Hunger pangs. I know an excuse when I hear one.

What excuses do you make? Are you a lazy person? Are you quick to see lions in the way of getting to your work?

Remember this proverb and instead of making excuses, make a plan. Instead of talking about all the reasons why you can’t get it done, be quiet and show everyone how you can. King David – he slew lions to get his work done. So can you.