1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
There are more important things in life than financial success. The unwise person ignores this, and is too busy pursuing success to resolve tensions at home. It is much easier to put off responsibilities at home than at work, but the easy path leads to regret. Consider where your priorities are leading you. Are they sabotaging your peace? It may be difficult to turn back, but it will never be easier than today.
The virtue of forethought is Prudence. The prudent servant has the ability to visualize his future and take the daily steps necessary to achieve it. The disgraceful son, on the other hand, thinks only in the moment. This keeps him from noticing traps until he is caught in them, as obvious as they are to everyone else. Imprudence leads to disgrace.
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” To remove impurities from silver and gold, one must isolate them with heat. Are impurities of the heart easier to extract? We often refuse to deal with our heart issues until forced to by circumstance. This is suffering, but it is also an opportunity to grow. The next time you find yourself in difficult circumstances, consider “what is this bringing out in me that I need to deal with?” Then do what you can, however small, to take care of it.