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Glorifying the God who walked among us. The blog of Renae Adelsberger.

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A Wise Person’s Words
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A Fool’s Words
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Would a Fool Do That?
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What the LORD Hates
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Why You Don’t Need to Marry Augustus Waters

A Wise Person’s Words

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How did your weekend of not speaking foolish words go? My weekend, jam-packed schedule as it was, was accompanied by very few foolish temptations. Monday and Tuesday, however, were different stories.

I had two days in a row at work with nothing but horrible messes, and when insurance is involved, the messes turn disastrous quickly.

Tuesday afternoon I found myself trapped in a figurative corner, attempting to solve an insured’s dilemma with my strength and knowledge without asking God for help. I wonder how differently the situation would have turned out if I turned to Him first. I bet my panic attack and stress level would have been reduced significantly.

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A Fool’s Words

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We all wish we had kept our mouth shut from time to time but we don’t often assign the word “foolish” to our words. The book of Proverbs has approximately 15 verses with the word “foolish” in them that relate directly to how a fool uses his or her words.

If we don’t want to be a fool, then we need to know what a fool is characterized by.

1. A fool uses his or her mouth for self-righteousness. I worked for an employer during my time in college who refused to begin a sentence with the word “I.” He felt as though it assigned too much worth to himself. Though I found writing letters on his behalf difficult, I did appreciate that he took intentional steps toward humility.

A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.
-Proverbs 18:2

 2. A fool can argue about anything. And may I add, loudly. A fool doesn’t pick a well-crafted argument and hold a logical discussion. Today, we see fools all over social media platforms in particular. Any fool can leave an abrasive comment on a post, but how many hearts are changed via an angry status?

It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.
-Proverbs 20:3

3. Even a rich fool is miserable company. On a walk this weekend, I joked with my husband that we should knock on the door at this one house and become their friends simply based on the fact they had a boat stored in their garage and a friendship could lead to an invite out on the boat. But I would rather be poor with my honest, loyal friends as we sit in the living room eating popcorn than spend an evening trapped on a yacht with a rich person who is a fool. Spending time around foolish people wears me out; no amount of money could cause me to constantly spend time with them.

Better a poor man who lives with integrity than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.
-Proverbs 19:1

It’s easy to read through these three characteristics of a fool’s words and think of other people in your life that fit them perfectly. But it’s harder to reflect on our own mouth and unveil our own foolish tendencies. A characteristic of a wise person is to approach a list like this and apply it to themselves. Let’s commit ourselves for the weekend to pay attention to our mouths and come back together for the next blog with the counter-characteristic of a Wise Person’s Words.

Would a Fool Do That?

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The word “fool” has bounced around in my head a lot over the last few weeks. And that’s one of the reasons there has been a brief period of silence from my regular blogging schedule. Everytime I started to write, all my thoughts and sentiments felt foolish. Rather than forge ahead with my words, I spent more time reading Scripture and almost none writing. I read through Proverbs twice.

This blog series is dedicated to “A Season for Wisdom” but the last two weeks have left me contemplating the opposite – foolishness.

A fool is any person who acts unwisely, imprudently, or with the intent to trick or deceive someone. With several of our youth students, the ultimate insult is to accuse them of acting like a fool.

In the words of Dwight Schrute, the most inspiring thing Michael Scott ever said to him was, “Don’t be an idiot…Whenever I am about to do something, I think – would an idiot do that? – and if they would, I do not do that thing.”

I counted the word fool or foolishness 79 times in these 31 chapters. 27 of them come from chapters 14-17 alone. That’s 1/3 of the uses in only 3 chapters!

So we’re going to transition to a time in this series of asking ourselves the Dwight Schrute test question – would a fool do that? – if so, we are not going to do that thing.

But first, we will study the character traits of a fool. So make sure you’re signed up to have these blogs delivered to your inbox, it would be foolish not to!

What the LORD Hates

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Proverbs 6:16-19

Six things the LORD hates; in fact, seven are detestable to Him:

  1. Arrogant eyes
  2. A lying tongue
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood
  4. A heart that plots wicked schemes
  5. Feet eager to run to evil
  6. A lying witness who gives false testimony
  7. One who stirs up trouble among brothers

I find lists like this one found in Scripture are important to memorize – not to quote to someone else in a moment of judgment – but to have on the forefront of my own mind to evaluate my own actions.

Rather than expand on these seven points, let’s commit them to memory together. Read through them a few times and ask the Lord if any of these are present in your life. And if so, ask the Lord and the person you wronged to forgive you.

1. Eyes
2. Tongue
3. Hands
4. Heart
5. Feet
6. Testimony
7. Trouble

Why You Don’t Need to Marry Augustus Waters

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Augustus Waters’ name was spoken so many times by the middle school girls in my Sunday School class that you would have thought he was a boy in our youth group rather than a character in a #1 New York Times Bestseller book. Naturally, I was curious as to what drew such attention to this book, especially since it lacked zombies and werewolves (perhaps this is the end of that trend – I do hope so).

I borrowed The Fault in Our Stars and found that I read the book in its entirety that Sunday afternoon. From an initial cultural standpoint, I was excited to realize that the author is John Green, vlogger of Mental Floss. As an English Major with an emphasis in Creative Writing, I was fascinated that this male author had chosen to narrate the book from the point of view of the female character.

The first line of the book drew me in,

Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.

Our coming of age love story sums up like this: Hazel, miraculously recovering from thyroid cancer that moved to her lungs, meets Augustus “Gus” Waters, osteosarcoma survivor (who lost a leg to it), and the two fall in love.

What kept me glued to the couch that day (other than a 100 degree fever), was the heads on approach that John Green took to the issue of religion and belief in these two characters who had both faced their own potential death as teenagers.

Characters can struggle with beliefs. In fact, Kate Weiss recently wrote a guest blog on this very subject. After all, if a novel is based on reality, don’t we all struggle occasionally? And I would even say that I do not have a problem with characters who have not fully formed their beliefs before the novel is over. But I do think that in order for me to endorse a book, I need to see glimpses of the truths found in Scripture.

But my middle school girls didn’t chatter about the truths of the book, they fantasized marrying Gus.

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