The Proverbs. On Moral Lessons and Story Summaries

Many stories tell about kindness, love for work, and the perils of being lazy.

In different parts of the world, children grow up learning these stories from grandparents, relatives, helpers, and of course, the school and church.

Children get very excited every time they hear these stories. From these stories, they extract life’s lessons quite easily.

Good manners and right conduct are the writer’s evident highlights in literature, especially those that children read. Stories must be positively interpreted.

Ponder upon these Proverbs and take a folktale, fable or parable as examples.

Chapter 6.10-11

Let me sleep a little longer!
Sure, just a little more!
And as you sleep, poverty creeps upon you like a robber and destroys you; want attacks you in full armor.

Folktale: The Lazy Boy Juan

Once, Juan was asked by his mother to buy some crabs. Because he was so lazy and stupid, he told the crabs “I feel so sleepy. I’d rather sleep here under the tree. All of you crabs just walk home to mother.”

What can you say?

Chapter 6.12-15

Let me describe for you a worthless and a wicked man; first, he is a constant liar; he signals his true intentions to his friends with eyes and feet and fingers. Next, his heart is full of rebellion. And he spends his time thinking of all the evil he can do, and stirring up discontent. But he will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond hope of healing.

Parable: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Once, a boy spent his time thinking and stirring up discontent in his work. He thought of alarming his neighbors and playing up on them. Several times, he deceived his neighbors and shouted for help. So the neighbors tried to help him, but the boy only screamed a lie. In the end, no one came to help him when the wolf really attacked.

Chapter 6.16-19

For there are six things the lord hates – no, seven:

Haughtiness
Lying
Murdering
Plotting evil
Eagerness to do wrong
A false witness
Sowing discord among brothers

Parable: The Bundle of Sticks

Thought: Showing kindness, not discord brings true happiness and freedom to everyone.

Tips: How To Summarize Stories

1. Read the story again and again, until you can remember what happens.

Example: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

2. Know the setting, the characters, the plot (beginning, conflict, climax, resolution), the theme and the ideas or lessons, the story presents, among others.

The setting is in the farm.

The characters are the lion and the mouse. You can include the hunters, if you will portray the action in the story and write snippets of dialogue.

The climax in the plot is the time when the boy cried for help, and no one came. A real wolf attacked his flock of sheep (after his series of lying), and his neighbors didn’t believe him anymore.

3. Set a limit to your number of words (500, 250, 100). Use your own words and not those of the original author.

Be creative in your summary or re-telling of the story.

4. Retain the structure of the story. Retain the point of view of the original.

Don’t distort the theme of the story. Never mess with the truth and ideas the story tells.

5. There are many ways to be creative, but be careful with the story elements.

Make a research. Know the story by heart. Relate to your point in time and to your audience.

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The Proverbs. On Love

Love affairs leave good happy memories tucked in slits of time.

Indeed, the fun of life!

If one had loved, there is no cause of alarm. It is of God.

Love accepts and pardons. True love endures and hopes for the best. In most ways, it spreads light to everyone and comforts.

Love waits. It grows wise.

It prays for all from dawn till dusk. No human can ever justify nor contest its power. God lets it prosper to nurture the earth.

Marriage and children are its harvest. Better communities are its stronger seeds. The manifestation of a sweet kiss and a light hug delight the giver and receiver, as the respectful bow or the common hand shake.

The book of Proverbs speaks about love. Check below.

Chapter 4:14-17

Don’t do as the wicked do. Avoid their haunts. Turn away, go somewhere else, for evil men don’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day. They can’t rest unless they cause someone to stumble and fall. They eat and drink wickedness and violence!

Thought: Choose your friends. Good friends stay forever. Avoid those who plot evil.

Chapter 4:23-26

Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life. Spurn the careless kiss of a prostitute. Stay far from her. Look straight ahead. Don’t even turn your head to look. Watch your step. Stick to the path and be safe.

Thought: Remember the story of the moth. Stay away from the flame. The flame will burn you.

Chapter 5:21

For God is closely watching you, and he weighs carefully everything you do.

Thought: God knows the desires of your heart, mind, and body. He will take care of what you need. All things will work our together for good, if you look up to God.

Don’t forget the story of the widow, when she gave her last cent, the story of the juggler when he offered his talent, and the stories of unsung martyrs and saints who gave their lives for others.

What can you let go for your loved ones? What can you sacrifice for your family, friends, community or country?

What can you share in the name of love?

Here’s a small prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for your love to us all.

Be near if we cry and catch us when we fall.

Dear Jesus, pardon if we didn’t heed your call.

Hug us tight! Let your love be the light and goal.

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The Proverbs: On Being Wise

Is it being wise or clever?

When I was younger, I always heard people say, “You must be clever.”

As I got older, most of the people around me, taught me about the word wise, not clever.

I can relate the words clever and wise to the Filipino folktale titled, “The Turtle and The Monkey.”

The monkey was clever, but the turtle was wise.

Check the following.

The monkey chose the upper part of the banana plant. He was so selfish. He thought the leaves would grow more fruits. He got all the part with leaves.
The turtle only took what was left available, the thick lower part of the banana plant. He planted it though.

The monkey was a liar and so greedy. He ate all the fruits. The turtle was willing to share half of the harvest to the monkey. They would both get an equal share.

The monkey was easy to fool and was easily angered. The turtle was calm and smart.

In some word books, dictionaries and online, clever and wise can mean the same things.

Wise means being learned, and clever means being intelligently quick, among others.

Old people said that being wise is the product of learning from life, while being clever is just being quick.

At times though, clever can mean cunning (when there is a bit of deceit).

All in all, wisdom is a gift from God. It is far from being intelligent in school or grand in work. Even so, it is discernment, creativity, patience, light, knowledge, disposition, responsibility, and guts, all put together.

Often, there is no book to explain where wisdom came from.

Check the following from the Proverbs.

Chapter 1:7
How does a man become wise? The first step is to trust and reverence the Lord!

Thought: The Holy Spirit of God is the best teacher.

Chapter 2:20-22
Follow the steps of the godly instead, and stay on the right path, for only good men enjoy life to the full; evil men lose the good things they might have had, and they themselves shall be destroyed.

Thought: Being godly is being wise. A man who lives in truth will always find a way to be happy and full. A right path spreads light for all to live and see.

Chapter 3:4-6
If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

Thought: Reverence for God, is the secret of success in all the aspects of life. Knowing God and living in Christ’s example is the real purpose of life. It is love.

Chapter 3:21-22
Have two goals: wisdom – that is, knowing and doing right – and common sense. Don’t let them slip away, for they fill you with living energy, and are a feather in your cap.

Thought: Wisdom is a gift from God. We must pray for the gift of wisdom. In true wisdom is kindness, love and respect.

St. Francis of Assisi says:

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Thought: A Small Prayer

Lord, grant me the wisdom of life.
Let me face every moment’s strife.
What to do, where to go, please lead…
Dear Jesus, stay in my heart and deed.

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Most Talked About Topic in the Bible

Topics in the Holy Bible vary and help us in so many ways. Truly, those inspiring words are the words of God, and in the present time, it is the word made flesh.

The Holy Spirit guides everyone to understand the Bible. We can pray to the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and understand God’s messages, through holy men and women like the apostles and the followers of Jesus. We must be happy in the message of Jesus Christ to us and the love he offers for salvation and complete happiness in our lives, from his grace, mercy, and love.

Love is the most talked about topic in the Bible. From the Ten Commandments, the first two are: love God above all, love thy neighbors as you love yourself. It says in Christianity and other religions that love for God and others is above all the laws of earth and men.

The basic rule of humanity, which is the golden rule, that says “Do not do unto others what you don’t like others to do to you.” Even pagans, love that which they cannot see. All understand each other from the heart and in charity. All approve, thank, and work together for love.

In love, there is forgiveness and transformation. In love, there is acceptance and caring. In love there is fairness (justice) and a firm rebuke. But then, even in the parables from the Bible: the Father glorifies when the prodigal son and sinners come back home.

Love is beyond each other’s color, religion, race, language, status, wealth, education, and work. Love is more than sin, gratitude, and faith. If you love someone, you will serve him/her them is work. It is beyond payment because service in love is offering of the self to God’s plan in our lives. All things work together for good in love. If you’ve done things in love, service, and have been aggrieved, worry not, for God sees your heart. All things shall come to pass, but the greatest is love. God is love. Service is love. Offering the self to God’s will for our lives is love.

“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me,” (John 14:1).

“All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever,” (1Corinthians 13:8).

A blessed 2011 to everyone! I am one with you. I love you.

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Flash Movie Review: Postmen in the Mountains

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St. Patrick’s Day Sale – Dream Brother: A Novel – $0.99 (90% off list price) – Kindle Ebook

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San Francisco, California. Fifty hills surrounded by the cold waters of the ocean and the bay. City of rebellion and revolution. Smothered by fog daily.

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