Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Moment in Proverbs- Proverbs 7:6-7 People Watching?

Proverbs 7: 6-7
For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, and beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding.

Have you ever sat and watched people as they shop, travel or go about their daily business? When I was a young child, I would sit with my mother for hours people watching! It never dawned on me that I was actually participating in an activity that the wise men of old would do!  In this passage we see that people watching wasn't done out of a critical spirit to destroy the reputation of another person rather, people watching was done out of an attitude to gain understanding. We should always want to learn from the lives of others. I often tell the children, "Any fool can learn from making the mistakes himself. It's a wise man that learns from the mistakes of others." That's what we have here in this passage. Solomon, the wisest man that ever was or has been, learning from the lives of others. Watching to see how God's promises and judgments played out in the daily choices that people made. We would all be wise to watch the lives of others and evaluate what they did right, wrong, and how we can make adjustments to our own life so that we might call wisdom our sister (Proverbs 7:4).

Prayer: Father, we ask that you pour down your wisdom upon your people. Lord keep our hearts tender so that we might watch and learn instead of watching to condemn. In Jesus Name we pray... amen!
Because of His Love, 
Mrs. Joseph Wood


  1. Oh yes! This is SO true! Learning from others actions, both godly actions and ungodly actions, helps me grow and improve in my walk through life with God. I pray that people will be able to learn from my humble walk too. I have so much to learn...sharing our stories with each other should be to help one another learn and grow so that we don't have to make the same mistakes to learn the same lessons.

    Thanks for sharing this today! I love your proverbs reflections!

    Praying for your mama. Hope she is doing better and better each day! :D


    Sewn with Grace,

    Mary Joy

  2. Thank you for pointing this out. When in an airport travelling, or even in a store when I am not pre-occupied with my shopping, I love to people watch. What never ceases to amaze me is how God can use that time to help refine my character as well. Often, I will see someone acting in a certain way that is negative and wonder if I have done the very same thing. It is a very good time to pray and ask the Lord to help me purge those traits from my life. On the flipside, I have seen people who radiate the Lord's love and grace to all around them. Definately makes me want to see what it is they do and strive to be more like that!
    Love you!

  3. I love people watching, and learning from their mistakes -to me- feels far less painful than making the mistake myself and having to learn that way.
    I also like watching the positive things - the young men in my church pulling out chairs for older ladies, giving the coat off their back to someone who needed it more than they did, picking up babies and singing amazing grace to them. Or, even older women in my church - who live out loud for God - in a way that encourages all around.

    After the car accident something that God has really been pressing into my heart is that I am alive to tell the world of HIS glory!! I hope to live a life that people can look at me and be encouraged. God is so goood friends!