Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!
Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: Poverty or Perversity
“Better the poor walking in integrity than one perverse of speech who is a fool.”-Proverbs 19:1
Principle: Poor is Better
Perhaps this pandemic period is the best time to talk about poverty since the global economy has taken such a hit. Could we possibly be better off poor than rich? Such a target is countercultural but please hear me out on this one.
In a world that exalts materialism and commercialism, an intentional pursuit of less, on its face, seems odd. Yet, the wisdom of the ancients promotes welcoming poverty for the sake something more valuable.
The question begs: when is poverty to be embraced? Here’s the answer: we should open our arms to this way of life if it means cultivating inner integrity. Whenever we see that “better/than” formula in wisdom writings, it is prudent to take note.
The options before us, then, are integrity or perversity. The Proverb above zeroes in on the folly of having a perverse tongue. That could be displayed in slander, obscenity, coarse joking, gossip or dishonesty, all of which have the capacity to make us wealthier by pulling others down and promoting our own interests.
You may think, “Surely not me!” Let me ask you this: when last did you tell a “half-truth” in order to protect your image or feed your pride? Have you recently spoken negatively about someone behind their backs? What about participating in inappropriate joking at the office? Do you exaggerate when retelling a story?
These are the seeds of perversity that slowly erode the integrity of our character. Remain vigilant about what you say and also what you listen to. Never forget that who you are becoming is of greater worth than what you own.
Practical: Poor in Money, Rich in Character
Choose daily honesty. This is where true riches are found.
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