The sound of wind blowing the curtains on the other side of the room awakens you in the early morning.
The weather changed at night and cold air is coming through the window you left open. As you lie under your warm blankets, you ponder your alternatives. Should you quick get up now to shut the window or not?
If you do not shut the window, your room will be cold when you wake up later to dress. But you are now nice and warm under your blankets. Your choices now are either to quick swing out from under your warm cuddly blankets to experience the cold to shut the window, then jump back in bed.
If you do, later when you wake the room will be warmer and more bearable when you dress.
Or, should you just turn over and go back to sleep and just deal with the cold room later?
What would be your choice?
Would King Solomon judge you to be a sluggard in the modern definition as being a procrastinator or lazy, in need of a shove to swing you out of bed to do an inevitable task?
A door turns on its hinge, and a sluggard in his bed. (Proverb 26:14)
Just as a turning door has a stationary aspect in that it is anchored to its hinge, so the sluggard is anchored to his bed. The thought that a door moves easily and naturally on its hinge may also be present. The function of a hinge is to facilitate movement from a fixed point, and the point of having a door is that it should be able to move in this way.
The sluggard turns in his bed as naturally as a door turns on it hinge, and this is the greatest degree of movement to which he aspires. Where another man would put his feet on the floor and get up as a matter of routine and habit, the lazy man habitually turns in his bed. (Mc Kane Proverbs )
Why Read Proverbs?
Many who read proverbs and ancient wise sayings do so to gain wisdom and instruction to succeed in life, sometimes called “the granddaddy of self-improvement book ever written.” Biblical scholars have said other books of the Bible tell us what to do; Proverbs along with many wise sayings tell us how!
You decide if reading a contemporary entertaining novel I surmised, based on proverbs, about the discussions the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon may have had. Perhaps a better understanding of the meanings of Proverbs and ancient wise sayings may push or shove your door to swing toward more wisdom in life?
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
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