An Influential Man Remembers His Mother’s Advice

An Influential Man Remembers His Mother’s Advice

Proverbs 31 is not a well-loved passage of scripture for a lot of women who feel the pressure to be the perfect women, wives and mothers when they hear it taught. But I don’t think this passage was meant for women. I think the passage, as a whole, from verses 1-31, not just 10-31 as it is often reflected on, is for men, and specifically men of influence, or men who could be of influence. I haven’t felt this way until I read this entire passage tonight as it’s translated in Blue Letter Bible’s Interlinear Parallel NASB (New American Standard) translation next to the original Greek and then, not even until I studied many of its specific words and phrases in the Greek. Here is the entire passage written out in the NASB translation: 1 The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him. 2 What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows? 3 Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which destroys kings. 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink, 5 For they will drink and forget what is decreed, and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. 6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to him whose life is bitter. 7 Let him drink and forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more. 8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. 9...
You Notice When Your A/C Is Not Working, Right?

You Notice When Your A/C Is Not Working, Right?

I was sitting in my car today at the bank drive-through, and I noticed that my air conditioning wasn’t pumping out very cold air. I looked at the controls and realized that the setting was turned to floor/windshield. So I adjusted it to floor/torso, and I instantly felt the cool relief. This made me wonder, if I’d never felt the coolness of properly adjusted and working a/c before, would I have even noticed that it wasn’t fully working in that moment? It was definitely cooler than the outside temperature, and provided a little relief, but not what I knew was available to me. That made me wonder about our clients at twentyTHREE61 who suffer from past sexual abuse, from abortions, and from other past traumas. Many of them have a hard time fully receiving God’s grace and forgiveness. They may receive it partially, but more often than not, the common struggle they voice to us is the inability to receive God’s forgiveness or to forgive themselves. Some receive God’s grace generally, for the “good” parts of themselves, some receive it some of the time, but not when they remember what they’ve done (or feel responsible for doing). Rarely do they easily and fully receive God’s 100% grace and forgiveness to move forward in life with joy and contentment and a focus on the next chapter in life. Today, my a/c analogy helped me remember that I have in fact struggled with accepting God’s grace as well, and it wasn’t until I healed from my abortion ten years ago that I was able to begin to more easily forgive other...