Don't squander your precious life.
Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don't squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day's work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God's good pleasure. But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul; when you reject me, you're flirting with death." -Proverbs 8:33-36
There is an old saying that capsulizes these verses - life is precious, handle with care. When we are young life seems so long and we wonder what people mean when they tell us to not waste our life. As we age we begin to understand what our elders meant - nobody wishes that they spent less time with their family. Even so, it is sometimes so hard to set priorities that withstand the test of time. Knowing the right thing to do can seem more of an art form than a choice.
Enter the magnificent Lady Wisdom - our lives transcend the ordinary when we listen to her voice our heart. Sometimes the difference between a life well lived and something less can be measured by the distance between our head and our heart. It is said that wisdom is not about doing things right but doing the right things. This is where a wise heart is so needed. The brain can instruct us in how to do things right but only the heart can guide us to do the right things.
Help us to be wise today Lord. Help us to listen to your voice in our heart.