Memorize Proverbs 31:30
Once, when asked what talent she had Kim Kardashian replied, “Well, a bear can juggle and stand on a ball and he’s talented, but he’s not famous. Do you know what I mean?” In other words, “I’m not talented, I’m famous because I’m famous.” I think even Kim struggles to understand her fame. She’s famous because millions (literally) of people look at her life and think, “If I had that, if I was admired like that and loved like she is loved, I would be happy.” They think she has the good life.
What do you want to be like? That’s a hard question. How about this, who do you want to be like? To keep going I have to believe that if you’re reading this it isn’t Kim. But whose life would you want and why? That’ll be a pretty good hint about what you want to be valued for. This verse tells us who we, the people of God, should praise. We should praise those that fear the Lord. Those whose life isn’t about them, but is about the pursuing God of creation that saves. Who should you be praising? Who do you want to be like? What do you want to be valued for? Instead of longing to be praised for things that will fade, strive to fear the Lord. That’s the beginning of wisdom. Memorize this!