Pointers in Proverbs

Wisdom Pointers

Recovering from Life’s Hurts


An angry man starts fights and gets into all kinds of trouble – Proverbs 29:22 People hurt people. It’s a fact. Unintentionally and, maybe, every now and then on purpose, we hurt others, and they hurt us. How we process that hurt can deeply affect our happiness in life. Mishandled hurt morphs into anger and resentment, emotions that as Proverbs 29:22 reminds us get us into troubles of all kinds. For insight into how to recover from hurt, who better to look at than the biblical figure Job? Who has had more hurt inflicted on him than Job? In one day [...]

Recovering from Life’s Hurts2014-10-08T11:17:27-05:00



  …when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet…for the Lord will be your confidence… –Proverbs 3:24, 26  In his entertaining book The Lunatic Express author Carl Hoffman recounts his hair-raising experiences in Kenya while riding in a form of public transportation known as matatus, privately owned minibuses that Kenya’s former president Daniel Arap Moi once called “agents of death and destruction.” Hoffman tells of his matatu drivers honking and flashing their lights in bumper-to-bumper traffic; parrying, jockeying, blocking one another’s doors at passenger staging points; jumping curbs onto sidewalks, sending pedestrians scrambling; blasting up Kenya’s Ngong Road, an undivided 2-lane [...]

MARGIN MESSAGE FROM A MATATU2014-07-30T18:08:53-05:00



Building a “Great Society” By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; by knowledge its rooms are filled with all kinds of precious and pleasing treasures – Proverbs 24:3-4 What are the essentials needed to build a prosperous and long-lasting nation? No idle question in these difficult times. What should we as a nation be doing in order to hand off to future generations a truly “Great Society”? Proverbs 24:3-4 from the Bible draws on home building and decorating to depict symbolically how to construct a prosperous and long-lasting family, business enterprise or society. A man builds [...]

BUILDING A “GREAT SOCIETY”2014-09-13T11:12:36-05:00

“Beyond You Leadership”


  “Beyond You Leadership” It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor –Proverbs 25:27. Years ago, I had the enlightening experience of conducting two case studies, each focusing on the CEO of a company. For the sake of this article we’ll call these companies A and B. I spent several days at each site interviewing the chief executive, his direct reports, and 30 rank and file members of the organization. I observed the CEO’s leadership style and how he related with his staff and others within the organization. My research revealed [...]

“Beyond You Leadership”2014-07-29T07:37:52-05:00



  Memorial Day Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him… –Proverbs 25:13 Memorial Day dates back to 1868, when May 30th was set aside to honor America’s fallen dead of all wars – “trustworthy messengers” sent forth by a not always grateful nation on an errand of mercy, to fight in defense of freedom. I find that, much as a cool drink on a summer day revitalizes my body, the remembrance of these warriors and their unflagging commitment to duty refreshes my spirit. Several years ago the Moving Wall, half-size replica [...]

MEMORIAL DAY2014-07-29T16:07:16-05:00



Who Are the Notes of Our Symphony? In the 1995 film Mr. Holland’s Opus, Richard Dreyfuss plays professional musician Glenn Holland, a man who dreams of one day being a famous conductor. Meanwhile, Mr. Holland takes a job as a high school music teacher. His plan is, in his spare time, to complete a symphony he’s composing and move on. As it turns out, however, between demanding teaching and family responsibilities spare time is hard to come by. As decades pass, Mr. Holland becomes a skilled teacher, using innovative methods to help students understand classical music and inspiring many of them [...]

SURPRISES AT THE END2014-05-13T16:14:38-05:00



KNOW THYSELF The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. Proverbs 20:5 As you know, the best leaders have a high degree of self-awareness. For instance, self-aware leaders have insight about how to deploy their strengths toward the challenges of their role and how to mitigate their weaknesses. Proverbs 20:5 notes that the purposes of our heart lie deep within and must be drawn out if we are to have an awareness of them. In his book Impact, organizational psychologist and management consultant Tim Irwin discusses this drawing out process using the [...]

“TO THINE OWN-SELF BE TRUE”–Hamlet2014-04-28T07:45:21-05:00



Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor, and those who love learning will succeed –Proverbs 19:8 The Army taught us the value of physical fitness. Even now, though pushing 70, we still jump to conclusions, fly off the handle and put our foot in our mouth. Or is that only me? Anyway, we know the importance of keeping muscles toned and the pulse down. We may not work at it, but we understand the principle. Proverbs 19:8 spotlights another part of our anatomy that requires regular exercise for peak performance, the little gray cells. It says, “To continue to be [...]

MAINTAINING A BUFF BRAIN2014-04-22T20:35:56-05:00

Level 5 Leadership – The Servant – Does that Really Work?


  Love and faithfulness form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity. Proverbs 20:18 What would you say is the DNA of a great leader? Many hold that it’s nothing more or less than ability to effect results, which in marketplace parlance usually means beating analysts’ projections for quarterly earnings. By the way, that’s exactly what happened at Mirrex Global. You may have read about it. A couple very good deals last November boosted the textile giant’s fourth quarter per share earnings well above projections. According to Businessweek, first quarter 2014 earnings are also expected to exceed estimates. [...]

Level 5 Leadership – The Servant – Does that Really Work?2014-03-26T17:34:17-05:00

Significant Pats on the Back!


Appreciating the Contributions of Others   Years ago, a young man walked into a diner and asked to use a pay phone (you remember those?). The waitress behind the counter pointed him in the right direction and then eavesdropped as he made his call. Once connected to his party, the young man said in an enthusiastic voice, “Hello, Mr. Anderson. My name is Patrick DeBerg, and I was calling to ask whether you’d be interested in hiring a bright, hardworking sales manager to oversee your marketing staff…. Oh… I see…. You already have a bright, hardworking sales manager. Well, thanks anyway.” [...]

Significant Pats on the Back!2014-02-25T14:01:51-05:00