(A simple series highlighting verses from each chapter of the book of Proverbs)
One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment…The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected. Proverbs 18:1,10 HCSB
These two verses are a study in opposites.
- Runs toward his desires, potentially away from better choices
- Runs away from wisdom rather than toward surrender
- Runs toward God first and always
- Runs toward strength and protection rather than selfishness and rebellion
I just finished reading Dr. Henry Cloud’s latest book, The Power of the Other, and I’ve already given it away.
That might sound like I didn’t like it. Not the case. I passed it on to someone else because it needs to be read.
- It should be read by anyone who tends to isolate themselves.
- It should be read by anyone who is drawn to bad relationships.
- It should be read by anyone who doesn’t deal well with reality.
- It should be read by anyone seeking to establish healthy, honest, trustworthy, supportive and deep relationships.
Here are some teasers to see if you agree:
Good, caring people can be perceived wrongly by others simply because a connection has not been made.
Rarely invest in or with someone who can’t listen.
Character is much more than whether or not someone is going to lie, cheat, or steal.
Healthy cultures embrace people where they are but they also nudge them and sometimes even push them to get better.
When we are in a negative critical state, the brain, the mind, the spirit, and the soul are all in a downturn.