A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised. Proverbs 12:8
Commended: to shine, celebrate
According to: in such proportion
Wisdom: insight, understanding
Perverse: one perverted of mind, commit iniquity, do wickedly, do wrong
Heart: inner man, desire, motive, thoughts, will
Despised: contempt, shamed, disrespect
It will happen—the question is which will it be—Celebration or Contempt?
The media often shows the faces of those who commit crimes. Sometimes to help locate the individual, other times to shame them, and other times just because it's news. A local Law Enforcement agency posts a "Wall of Shame" each month of those caught shop lifting. Often I wonder to those people care that they are now known for their perverse action? Do they care about the embarrassment they are to their family? Do they even realize the contempt they've brought to themselves?
Commended according to his wisdom.
I'd rather that a picture of me would be cause to celebrate and bring blessing to others. And more importantly, that I'd be a blessing to God as He watches what I do.
If I want to be cause for celebration, then my heart must be permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG). The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. And the more I respect and fear God, the more my heart will want to learn wisdom, and then allow wisdom to impact my heart and life.
Celebration or Contempt. Which does your picture inspire?
Patsy Clairmont posted this quote the other day: "When I think of certain people everything in me smiles. I want to be that kind of person for others, don't you?"
That sums up Proverbs 12:8 pretty well.