The Proverbs of Kris - Kris Vallotton

June 20, 2016

1. Winning covers a multitude of sins, but losing tests the souls of men.

  • The way you behave when you lose determines whether you just got outscored or you are truly a loser.
  • Winning covers up weaknesses, flaws, and frailties. But broken organizations, relationships, and even poor attitudes won’t ever be fixed by the scoreboard.
  • How you win is more important than winning itself. Cheaters never feel like winners because they are imposters…fake champions…worse than losers…just ask Lance Armstrong!
  • The way winners treat the teams they beat determines whether they are noble champions or just arrogant athletes who outscored their opponents in the contest, but lost in the game of life.  

2. It’s easy to look like a great steward of money when you have more than enough.

  • It’s hard to look like a wise financial steward when there isn’t enough money to pay all the bills. But success in the kingdom isn’t measured by outcomes, it’s judged by faithfulness.
  • Faithful people do the best they can with what they have. They don’t buy a $5 cup of coffee when they are late on their bills.
  • Having extra money doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a great steward, it could mean you just make a lot of money.

3. It’s not hard to love when you are surrounded by beautiful people, but befriending the broken is the hallmark of charity.

  • Jesus said that even sinners love people who love them back. But we are called to love our enemies, the unloveable, the broken, and mentally ill people. In fact, we are even called to love politically correct and religious people! ?
  • The greatest demonstrations of love are expressed to people who can’t ever repay you.

4. You can think you are patient until you have small children, yet forbearance is only forged in the fray.

  • Many people believe they are patient because they refuse to get out of their ivory towers and get into the trenches with real people that test their character.
  • Patience is not measured by how you feel, but how you respond when you feel impatient. The temptation to be impatient – the urge to blow your horn, yell at the kids, or not listen to someone who is being long-winded is not in itself impatience. Patience is the fruit of self control, which is a manifestation of love. In other words, the sacrifice you make to treat someone with kindness when you feel like screaming is called patience.
  • You are not your feelings. You are the virtues that you choose to let govern your attitudes, actions, and speech.

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