This chapter is full of verses that I can personally identify with. Please allow me to offer a scripture, then I’ll give a brief testimony of truth as it pertains to real life situations.
“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Proverbs 10:4
For years I was lazy. I had no desire. No passion. No drive. As a result, I’ve never had any real wealth. This blog, my ebook, the reading of the Bible and other spiritual books, are all being done by diligent hands. I’m excited for the future.
“Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.” Proverbs 10:6
There’s no question that I used to be wicked. As a result, violence overwhelmed me. It cost me a huge portion of my life. Forty-three years in prison to be exact.
But now, I have a strong desire to live a righteous life. To conduct myself in accordance to the Bible. As a result, I have experienced many many wonderful blessings. Such as: peace of mind, love, harmonious fellowship with many people, my relationship with others are much more meaningful and up-lifting, I feel excitement & joy, I feel so much love & respect for my wife and family. Since committing to the Lord, and the word of God, my life has been happier. I truly am blessed!
“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9
A perfect example of this is when I had that cell phone. Anytime I had to walk around with it on me, I was scared to death. I was not walking securely, that’s for sure. My path was crooked. By breaking the rules, I displayed a lack of integrity. EVERYDAY! FOR SIX MONTHS STRAIGHT!! Then guess what happened? Yep, the authorities found out I had a cell phone. BOOK ‘EM! Seven months in the hole.
“A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.” Proverbs 10:23
Just read my ebook, “Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary” and you’ll discover a fool taking pleasure in evil conduct. That fool was ME! All the while I knew I was doing wrong. Deep down I knew I had to change my ways. What caused me to change my ways and take a different path? I’d say UNDERSTANDING. Today I delight in wisdom.
“What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.” Proverbs 10:24
I hate the hole. 24-7 lockdown scares me. In the past, my wicked ways would send me to that dreaded place. AKA: THE HOLE. Today I desire love, peace, harmony, fellowship, success, and most of all, happiness. Thank you Jesus!
“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” Proverbs 10:25
My oh my how true this is! Right away I can recall four times prison officials conducted a sweep. The first time was after the 2004 Riot in CO. I was swept away to the hole.
The second time was in 2008. I was in MN. They swept the facility looking for cell phones. Then they swept me off to the hole.
The third time was in 2009. I was in AZ. They swept the unit looking for cell phones. Again…off I went!
The fourth time took place right here at SCCC in WA. They found a bunch of bloody T-shirts in the trash. They swept through the unit looking for clues. The end result: I was swept off to the hole once again.
I find so much truth and wisdom in these scriptures. I absolutely love it! For the next 24 hours, I will live according to the word of God. That’s all I can do. One day at a time.