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Friday, March 26

 

Our newest grandchild, Sydney Kaye Iles

We had a nice review of A Good Place in today’s Alexandria Town TalkClick here to read it.

Tomorrow (March 27) from 2:00-4:00 PM I’ll be at Hastings Books in Alexandria signing copies of A Good Place and The Wayfaring Stranger.

Come by if you can.

Also send a message to your Cenla friends about this event.

 

Grandchildren are one of life’s greatest joys.

I thank God daily that I’ve lived long enough to see them and enjoy them.

I believe one of my greatest legacies will be pouring my life into the four (soon to be five) grandchildren I have.

Sydney Kaye is the daughter of Clint and Amanda Iles and has an older three-year-old brother, Jack.

Proverbs 26: 11   “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”

It’s a disgusting verse describing a disgusting image.

But I’ve seen it over and over.  I guess dogs did the same thing in Solomon’s time that they do today.

And the second part of the verse, “a fool repeats his folly” is still relevant.

I’ve seen it over and over, and sadly done it my self: not learning from past mistakes and repeating behavior.

The writers uses strong language  “a fool.”  Where I come from, that term is fighting words.  As a schoolteacher I broke up fights that began with someone calling another person a fool.

The verse 12 verses of Proverbs 26 comment on fools and foolish behavior.  I call it a “very foolish chapter.” Each verse reminds us that although technology and lifestyles change, human behavior doesn’t.

We’re all familiar with the saying,  “Insanity can be defined as doing the same things over and over while expecting a different result.”

That is exactly what Proverbs 26:12 is referring.  It is foolish to return to foolish behavior. With God’s help, we can break these cycles of destruction and disgust.

God wishes to help you.  He’s just waiting for you to ask.

Experts claim it takes 21 days to break a habit and 21 days to start a habit. Either of these actions-breaking or starting- begins with a decision on that first day.

Today is that day for you and me.

“Lord, show me ways where  I keep ‘eating my own vomit’ (that’s disgusting but it’s a good visual of the verse)  Teach me and empower me to break these habits that hold me back on serving You.  I can’t do it on my own, but according to Philippians 4:13 I can do it with your help. Amen.”

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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