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Sometimes it is simply best to face your choices.  Solomon begins to look at the cost of choices we make.  The first he discusses is the choices we make with our mouths. When we give our word or vouch for others often times we do so based upon love or friendship.  But, when those choices go wrong, we simply do not get to walk away.  Even when we are well intentioned in our promise, if we are left holding the bag, then we must face that choice.

 We must be thoughtful and prayerful in what we say and do.  We cannot simply say things to please others knowing we cannot follow through. But when we do, we have to be willing to be transparent, honest and humble.  Often, that will bring us through difficult choices, but, even when it does not, it squares us with the Lord and allows us to face the choice maturely and with grace.  We are called to be different, and as such, we must walk by faith and trust him to complete the work he has started.

 God Bless You

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,     if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said,     ensnared by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself,     since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion—     and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes,     no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,     like a bird from the snare of the fowler.