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When I’ve read through Proverbs in the past, it’s been part of Fight Club. When Fight Club starts, I pick up on whatever the date is and since it’s a 10-12 week journey read through them about three times. Ending with 31 feels a bit different.

As I transition to the 30 sayings (Proverbs 22:17-24:22) every Monday for the next seven months, I realize that more people read this now than did at the beginning of the month. Although I’m no where near a king, like Lemuel, his mom’s words in Proverbs 31:8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

    for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;

    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

apply to me, and you.

The more powerful one gets, the more important this is. Oddly, it’s not really about a louder voice being heard more. Rather, it’s about remembering who you are.

Look Back No matter how powerful you are, there was a time when you had no power. No matter how many people listen to your voice, there was a time someone spoke for you. No matter how deep your financial cushion is today, there was a time you were not this far removed from poverty. Who were these people for you?

When we connect with the voiceless, destitute, poor and needy, we connect more deeply with ourselves.

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Every so often (usually 10-14 days) I ⏪Look Back and when I do, I share it. If you want to know what I saw, sign up for my email (the first one goes out the Friday after Easter).

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