Our world today is packed with motivational speakers whose main message is “Follow you passions!! You can do it!! Solve a problem with the skills you already have!! DO IT!!” Am I right!? Do a light search in google and you’ll be flushed with your choice of personalities you would like to hear that message in.
These speakers are so prevalent now that, like things of which we have plenty, they’ve become undervalued – not in a monetary sense but in a ‘they are unnecessary‘ type-of-way.
The other day I was reading through the Book of Proverbs in the Bible and came across a verse that made me shake my head. It implied something that I’d never heard before! I found myself speechless by what I’ve now determined it is saying!
Here’s the verse (Proverbs 13:19):
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
The first portion is clear isn’t it? If you are diligent enough to accomplish a desire you feel good about it. You’re probably already thinking about how the other portion fits in, so let me just make a common sense observation.
1) Generally, most proverbs employ parallels – either comparisons, contrasts or further explanations.
With that said, there seems to be a perspective here between accomplished desire, fools and evil. Why is a fool and evil paralleled with accomplishing desires? We gotta find what that connection is.
Before I say what I think this verse means let me share the definitions for two Hebrew terms found in the verse. It’s important.
This Hebrew word used here means “a wicked deed and the consequences of it.” The definition is characterized by a person who destroys peace by interrupting what is good in society. This person is on a path that is injurious to themselves and those around them. Plainly, evil is a deed whose consequences have harmful effects to the person acting it out and those around.
This is my definition based on the way I understand the Hebrew letters that make up the word. A fool is a person who uses the power they have to hinder or stop their ability to understand and learn.
Now with these definitions in mind, go back up and read that verse again.
King Solomon understood that what he was saying was of major importance to the furtherance of his kingdom’s societal well-being.
I believe this is saying plainly and through implication that:
People should strive to use what skills and talents God has given them in order to benefit themselves and other people in society and not hinder that growth. Why? Because it is EVIL if you hinder it. Only fools find it detestable and loathsome to go after a desire that will bring benefits to themselves and others in society. They would rather bring suffering to their own souls and/or the souls of others.
You are evil if you don’t want to go on the journey of accomplishing desires that are helpful for others and good for you. Did you feel the sting that I felt when I heard that echo in my soul? This can’t be absolutely true…right? So what do you think about those motivational speakers now?
Even if you don’t agree with how I perceive this verse, it’s enough to make you sit and wonder if you’re allowing yourself to not be your best. It’s enough to make you question if you are actually going after the desires that people around you would absolutely enjoy if you do but you hinder your progress towards it.
Here’s another Brendan Francis quote that I love, “If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.”
Here’s my quote, “Don’t be foolishly evil, accomplish your desires.“