Week 26 Thursday

A Good Sister

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 7

Key verse: Proverbs 7:4

I have one older brother. Growing up, there were times when we were very close to one another. And there were other times when we wanted to kill each other – at least metaphorically speaking.

I don’t suppose we were much different than most other siblings in the world. Sometimes the adage “can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em” really rings true.

But in Proverbs we learn about a couple of sisters we should all wish to have: wisdom and insight.

“Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’ and to insight, ‘You are my relative.”

The counsel is nestled in a little warning about how to keep away from adulterous women.

But its advice is really universally applicable.

Keeping wisdom and insight close to home, just like a good sibling, is smart living in and of itself.

There are so many times when more than

  • Money
  • Power
  • Influence
  • Good looks
  • Great wit
  • Or any number of other attributes

what we could use more than anything is wise insight.

So – keep them close; value them; treat them like a beloved sibling. And one day, you will very glad indeed that you are such a “close family.”

Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom; give me insight, lest I wander down wrong paths alone. AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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