What is Around You?

Do you see what is going on around you? I often see someone in the pits not paying any attention and having close calls or getting hit by a car. Guys can’t really see very well as they go through the pits. It is important to know what is going on around us not only at the track but at work, at school, at home.

This weekend we had the blessing of being with Cindy’s brother who works in a Christian camp out in CA. It was great to see him and hear some of the things going on at camp. But it was really sad to hear the news once we got back in town and hear about the church shooting in TX and the officers killed in Rockford. Those things happen and it is easy to ask, “What is going on?”. We know what is happening, it is evil, it is sin and selfish desires. We have to be a light. We need to bring the love of Jesus to those around us.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
GREAT verse! This verse is one of the ones often pointed to in the area of mentorship, discipleship and accountability. If we want to stand up for the LORD, it is vital that we have those relationships. Every person that I have known or heard that fell lacked in those relationships. Do you see how important and clear this is? Howard Hendricks wrote a very good book on this. I recommend reading it and following the steps he lays out in it.

Proverbs 27:18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.
Do you honor and defend those that go before you, those that have trained you in life and ministry? We should. Jesus echoes this and so does Paul. We are to honor and guard the teachers among us. Those that teach and share the Bible are under attack in a way most do not understand. If you think the enemy attacks you, just check out what happens to pastors, missionaries, and teachers of the Word. Those that are faithfully serving will be accused often with lies and we need to have their backs and we need to encourage them.

Proverbs 27:19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.
What is seen when you are looked upon? I mean a deep look. One that goes deep inside, past the skin, past the mind, past the feelings and emotions, to the heart. What is found there? God knows!

Proverbs 27:20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
We are back to that word “satisfied”. That is a tough one today here in America but know this, it was a tough anytime and anyplace. Man just wants. Man wants more than they should have. Man want pleasure and to feed flesh. If you really examine self, what do you find?

Proverbs 27:21-22 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise. Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.
As we think about the prior verse we roll into this verse with the crucible. The web-dictionary says, “a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures used in testing or trials”. If our faith is checked for impurities what would be found? God sees and knows our inner most being, who we really are.

Proverbs 27:23-24 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?
Are you paying attention to the people and things around you? What is your level of stewardship towards the LORD. Do you really live knowing God owns everything and we are just managers, stewards? Do you really think and pray before you spend? Do you see the need of those around you? Can you tell the difference from eternal things and worldly things? This is really important for us to catch and to live out.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

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