A Proverb a Day… Day 20

Read Proverbs 20

It’s been said that men’s brains are like waffles and women’s brains are like spaghetti. It’s a rather interesting image and one that is probably anchored in some degree of truth. Men’s brains are full of boxes; nice, handy, neat compartments that don’t touch and are clearly labeled. Every subject has a box and when they’re thinking or talking about a subject it goes in that particular box. Women’s brains, on the other hand, are much messier. Everything in a woman’s brain is connected.

While having the “spaghetti” brain can be helpful, I often find myself longing for those convenient little boxes. I would love to be able to compartmentalize life, keeping every subject or facet of life separate, neatly tucked away in a well-organized, properly labeled box. While it’s nice to think that we can keep everything separate, that’s not the way the world works.

Nothing happens in a vacuum. 

I think this might be the gist of what Solomon was trying to get at in today’s Proverb. While we might long for compartmentalization, it’s something that can’t truly be achieved, at least not for very long. It’s nice to think that we can keep God in the God box, morality in the morality box, business in the business box, family in the family box, etc. It’s nice to say, when God begins to express concern about your work ethic, “Nope, stay in your box!”, but that’s just not how it works.

Switching price tags and padding the expense account
    are two things God hates.

Young people eventually reveal by their actions
    if their motives are on the up and up.

God is concerned about all facets of your life because he’s concerned about your heart. He’s passionate about you, not your behavior. When he begins to deal with us about our business practices, financial stewardship, family interactions, or dealings with friends, it’s because he’s after something deeper. He can see right through our boxes and our facades and wants to get right to the heart of the matter: your heart.

Let’s choose today to let him in. Let’s allow him access to those parts of our minds and hearts that he’s been asking to be invited into and see how our lives begin to change.

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