Inappropriate Honor

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Daily Reading: Jeremiah 44:24-47:7., 2 Timothy 2:22-3:17, Psalm 94:1-23, Proverbs 26:6-8

Daily Verse: “Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool.” Prov. 26:8

Inappropriate honor.

Glorifying foolish actions has no benefit. Unable to understand or comprehend the accolades, a fool honored causes more harm than good. Like tying a stone in a sling, it does no use and helps no one.

People who accept honor understand the work and privilege that comes with the reward. Watching professional athletes receive the trophy at the end of a tournament exemplifies the difference. Wise athletes humbly accept their awards, congratulating their opponents and thanking their team for the support that helped them win.

Foolish athletes do the opposite. They take all the credit themselves, disrespecting their opponents and alienating their teams. Ego leads the way, and they can’t see past their selfishness. Fools remain fools, but wise people continue to grow.

Honoring fools doesn’t accomplish the goal. Fools remain fools no matter what the situation. Unteachable, they cannot learn and grow. Glorifying the simple does no good and only wastes your efforts.

Lord, please give us the wisdom and discernment to honor those who deserve the accolades. Don’t let us encourage foolishness by honoring those who can’t handle the reward. Let us use our time wisely serving You. IJNIP. Amen

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