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An email from a reader

I get a great deal of hate mail. But every so often I get an email that almost brings me to tears.

This is one of those emails, it is so good I want to share it with you.

Cam and Team,

A few weeks back you posted regarding your Daily Proverbs and your reasons for continuing to post them and the help it has provided you.

I’ve been reading the book that you suggested; The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, and have to say it has been uplifting.

I had been struggling to find motivation at work, struggling with home renovations and suffering from Lupus which causes fatigue, joint inflammation and ‘brain fog’.

Reading this has helped me to focus on the things that are important in my life and appreciate the time that I have.  God didn’t give us an infinite number of breaths right?

I just wanted to pass on my heartfelt thanks for pointing me in this direction.  I’m addicted to your blog, but that singular post has probably had the greatest impact upon my life.

Keep up the great work and stay strong to fight the good fight.

Tony

The post Tony is referring to is this one about why I post the Daily Proverb.

I wrote the post that day for no apparent reason other than I felt compelled to write about it. I don’t know what made me do it, but if it has helped just one person then that makes me incredibly happy.

I will repeat some of that post for new readers.


 

One person, whose advice I respect, who may or may not host a radio show on NewstalkZB suggest I read a book. It was about 3 years ago. I never really took much notice, then I heard him mention it again on his show about two years ago. I bought the book. I read the book.

It is The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness by Steven K. Scott.

I read this book and started to do the very simple task of reading each chapter of Proverbs each day. The prescription is one chapter a day each day of the month…Chapter one on the 1st, chapter 2 on the 2nd and so on. Pretty simple really. Now here is the catch…you have to do this for 5 years according to the author and as a result you will become wiser, richer, healthier and happier. 

The blurb from Amazon describes the book like this:

After Steven Scott flunked out of six jobs in his first four years after college, his best friend, Gary Smalley, offered one simple suggestion that would transform his life: study a chapter in Proverbs every day. Two years later, using the amazing strategies he gleaned from Solomon, Scott started a small company with a partner. Within six months their business was making over a million dollars a week. In the years since they have built more than a dozen multimillion-dollar companies. In addition, by applying the wisdom of Proverbs to his personal life, Scott restored his relationship with his estranged wife.

In this life-changing book, Scott reveals Solomon’s hidden treasures–often-overlooked wisdom for achieving breakthrough success in one’s work, health, marriage, and relationship with God. Readers will discover how to…
·master life’s most important skill
·achieve extraordinary success in business, finance, and marriage
·resolve and win any conflict
·overcome the most destructive force in relationships
·prevent the single greatest cause of financial loss

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived powerfully and practically equips readers to apply Solomon’s inspired wisdom to accomplish their business, relational, and spiritual purposes.

So, how does this relate to the Daily Proverb?

Well it is a away for me to keep on reading Proverbs each day, and a way of sharing what I am learning at the same time.

So what? I hear you say.

Well, it might surprise you to learn that the day I started doing this is the day that this blogsite started to really gain momentum, it also coincides with me being a whole lot more accurate in my political commentary, to start slowly improving the discourse on the site and enabled me to help get off antidepressants, turn my life around and start making an impact on society.

These are big things…change can’t happen massively overnight, but rather it needs to happen in increments.

My political opponents reckon I post proverbs because it is click bait…they tried to emulate it but they failed…mainly I think because they were mocking of why it is that I post these, and in doing so were mocking the ideals set out in the book and also in Proverbs. The posts aren’t click bait…in fact they are probably the opposite.

I do the posts for me, and hope to share the positives that have come from my posting them.

In the end, I do it for me and no one else, if you gain wisdom from them then all well and good and if you turn away because of it, well, I am ambivalent to that.

I don’t think I have ever explained this before but there it is…the reason for Daily Proverbs.


 

I am glad that Tony has found what I have found from that book, it plus one other book are the secret to my success…and the other book? Not telling just yet.

A reader emails about the Daily Proverb

The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon', oil on canvas painting by Edward Poynter, 1890, Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon’, oil on canvas painting by Edward Poynter, 1890, Art Gallery of New South Wales

A reader emailed me about the Daily Proverb post.

Why do you quote a religious proverb every day? I would have thought you would be an atheist or at least see no reason to promote their rubbish.

Lets face it, anyone who hooks into this site must have reasonable intelligence, so could not possibly be religious.

Well…where do I start?

First up I am a christian…one of reasonable intelligence no less. But that isn’t the reason why I post a Daily Proverb.

The reason I post the Daily Proverb can be summed up in one word…wisdom.

Now you are probably either exclaiming one of two things…”What?” genuinely perplexed as to what I might be on about…or “WTF?” in incredulity that I could make such a statement about a book from the bible.

However let me explain.

One person, whose advice I respect, who may or may not host a radio show on NewstalkZB suggest I read a book. It was about 3 years ago. I never really took much notice, then I heard him mention it again on his show about two years ago. I bought the book. I read the book.

It is The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness by Steven K. Scott.

I read this book and started to do the very simple task of reading each chapter of Proverbs each day. The prescription is one chapter a day each day of the month…Chapter one on the 1st, chapter 2 on the 2nd and so on. Pretty simple really. Now here is the catch…you have to do this for 5 years according to the author and as a result you will become wiser, richer, healthier and happier.  Read more »

Quote for the Day

From an interview with Mark Phelps, the son of deceased Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps.

Ed: What are your thoughts on Westboro Baptist Church?

Mark: If I had to take my family to court and convict them of being followers of Christ, I am not sure where I would find the evidence.

An orange tree produces oranges. A thorn bush produces thorns. Each person is known by the fruit produced in their life, including me. The fruit of the Spirit is found in the life of a true follower of Christ.

What wise words…and how difficult must it be to have to say that about your own father.

Mark Phelps also explains why it was that he left his father’s church.   Read more »

Bear Grylls and Stephen Fry talk about their beliefs

Two of my favourite people in the world.  Wish I had been there with them at the time

We won’t be seeing this in Auckland I bet

Then again maybe Len Brown could try it…since he campaigned on family and religious values…all while hiding a two year affair.

The mayor of a Texas city is raising some eyebrows after he officially declared 2014 the “year of the Bible.”

MyFoxDFW.com reports Tom Hayden, the mayor of Flower Mound, made the declaration at a city council meeting last month.

Hayden says he had considered making the declaration for two years because he wants his community to connect through the Bible, and finally decided to do so in 2014.  Read more »

Maybe this guy isn’t so bad after all….

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Right, lets sort out the boy buggering next

A ratbag bishop has been given the arse for pissing church money up against a wall by building expensive and elaborate apartments.

The Vatican has suspended a scandal-tainted German Catholic cleric dubbed the “bling bishop” for his luxury lifestyle.

“The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst,” the Vatican said in a statement.

“The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation,” it said.  Read more »

The Third Eagle of the Apocalypse needs your help

William Tapley, also known as the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse and the co-Prophet of the End Times, needs your help.

Apparently he “has to build a website” as instructed in the Book of Daniel…Jesus is anti-paperless office! Who knew?  Read more »

Had to happen, half their priests are gay

The tide is turning in the United States over marriage equality…so much so that some conservative catholics are becoming vocal. Joseph Bottum is one such catholic, conservative, moral crusader who has changed his tune.

Which is why “The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage,” an essay by Joseph Bottum, published Friday on the Web site of Commonweal magazine, is something new in this debate.

Mr. Bottum, 54, is a serious Christian. He attended Roman Catholic high school, college and graduate school. His erudite writing for conservative magazines like National Review and The Weekly Standard is laced with references to church history and theology and to Christian writers like G. K. Chesterton and W. H. Auden. He fiercely opposes abortion, and for five years, until 2010, he was editor in chief of First Things, a key opinion journal for religious conservatives.

In his large Victorian house here 50 miles from Mount Rushmore, a crucifix hangs in the hallway. At lunch, he crossed himself before we sat down. Mr. Bottum is the kind of man who, when he casually says “Thomas,” you know that he means Aquinas, the 13th-century Catholic philosopher.

Not five years ago, he condemned backers of gay marriage as amoral. Yet in his new long and challenging essay, Mr. Bottum argues, in effect, that he was wrong and that fellow conservative Catholics are misinterpreting their tradition, in particular Aquinas’s “natural law” theology.

Aquinas considered heterosexual, monogamous union the highest form of marriage, but Mr. Bottum believes that he was actually less interested in strict legal precepts than in an enchanted vision of the world — a vision that, Mr. Bottum now says, is better served by supporting same-sex marriage.

So Mr. Bottum’s change of heart is noteworthy. He makes several arguments. The first is pragmatic.   Read more »

I bet Finlayson is a follower

Christopher Finlayson is probably one of the quickest wits and sharpest tongues in parliament. He is also a fan of the arts and a catholic.

I suspect he will be mildly interested in the Pope’s Latin Twitter account which has scored 142,000 followers in short order.

POPE BENEDICT XVI was a Latin lover. In January, not long before stepping down, he launched a Latin language Twitter account that has since attracted more than 130,000 followers. People have used it to follow the visit to Brazil of the new pope, Francis. By comparison, the Polish papal Twitter feed has slightly more than 108,000 followers whereas Spanish, the most popular of the papal accounts, has more than 3m. Benedict also announced his resignation using Latin, giving a scoop to the one journalist who could understand him. The Vatican’s affection for Latin is shared by others online and on the airwaves. Why does a language with no native speakers have so many fans?  Read more »