“If I just had ___________” …him as a boyfriend.
“If I just had ___________” …him as a boyfriend. …that house.
“If I just had ___________” …him as a boyfriend. …that house. …that job.
“If I just had ___________” …him as a boyfriend. …that house. …that job. …money.
The Lottery “The sad news is that 1 in 3 lottery winners are in serious financial trouble or even bankrupt within 5 years. Why? The suddenly wealthy often never learn to manage their money.” –Meg Marco
Bill Boatman “Foolosophy” “A fool and his money _______.” “He has champagne taste _____________.” “You can’t spend more ________.”
Solomon’s Choice “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon’s Choice “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon chose wisdom and understanding.
Wisdom “May [God] give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.” “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God.” “Everyone who hears [My] words…and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.”
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.” Information vs. Formation
Does not wisdom call out? [Proverbs are] “for gaining wisdom…for receiving instruction in prudent behavior.” “Those who guard their mouths…keep themselves from calamity.” “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
Materialism – loss of simplicity The idea that material things will make me happy. “Our heart is restless until it rests in You.” –Saint Augustine
Materialism Influence – subtle corruption – “You have to keep studying the ‘real’ to detect the counterfeit.”
Materialism Influence Allegiance – shifting loyalties As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. – 1 Kings 11:4
Proverbs 4:20-23 “My child, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings; let them not depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh; keep your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the forces of life.”