I think this may have been one of the first verses past John 3:16 that I was challenged to memorize as as kid.
Can I just tell you , I am so grateful for all I learned about Jesus while I was a kid. A great deal of it I learned from Psalty the Singing Songbook and Adventures in Odyssey. I hope you know what those things are. In fact, I decided I wanted to become a Christian listening to Psalty sing about heaven and mansions, and I wanted to go there. In case you have been deprived and have no idea who Psalty is, I will show you a picture.
I remember memorizing Matthew 6:33. Seek first the kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added unto you.
That verse came to my mind and heart as I was studying Proverbs 21. (Ps: Don’t forget we are studying a Proverbs a day for the 31 days of October so would love to have you jump in and join. Check out Proverbs 21)
Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness, will find life, righteousness and honor.
Sometimes we make things so complicated don’t we? This pretty much boils it down simply.
Pursue righteousness find righteousness.
Pursue kindness, find honor.
And in the middle it promises us that we will find LIFE. You know @comingaliveJenn here gets excited anytime I see the word Life , and it is found a lot in Proverbs.
The word life here is the Hebrew word Chay. It means living, alive, remain alive, sustain live, live prosperously, be quickened, and my favorite revived from sickness, discouragement, or even death.
Today I went shopping for the RIGHT outfit for the conference I am speaking at this weekend. I was on a mission. I had in mind what I wanted to find. (Side note, I did not find it). I tell you what, those dressing room mirrors and lights are not the most flattering things are they. I wish you could have seen me in one of my dressing room experiences.
It was an outfit with a couple of different pieces to it including a belt. I somehow got stuck in the middle piece with the belt wrapped around my head so tight. I was in there by myself , and having this stuck in my clothing emergency. I started giggling, then laughing, then not being able to breathe– all the while stuck in this outfit.
And of course I had to pee.
So I had to call out Help! Hilarious. Who has to call help in a dressing room?
I decided that outfit was not for me.
All that to say, I was busy pursuing the perfect outfit, doing everything I could do find it. I ended up calling for help and still not finding THE outfit.
But when I call on Jesus for help as I pursue righteousness and kindness, I will find righteousness and honor.
When I seek first the kingdom of heaven all these things will be added to me.
Why do I waste time seeking first other things.
Lord please help me today to remember to seek YOU first. In you is life and life abundantly.
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