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Topic: Ding-Dong (05/16/13)

TITLE: Wisdom For Ding-dongs
By Richard Hicks


As I was reading through ‘Proverbs’ in the Message Bible one day, I noticed that there were a lot of scriptures relating to the word fool. It then hit me how interesting / funny it could sound substituting a “modern slang word ‘of the day’ in its place.” I wanted to make up a fun and goofy word, so I chose ding-dong. “Here is how these Proverbs sound in their new-found “tongue” using the Message Version of the Bible.

1. The ones that are wise study up and gather wisdom; ding-dongs just get stupider by the minute. Proverbs 14:24

2. Ding-dongs are leaky faucets, dripping stupidity. Proverbs 15:2

3. A quaint conversation to a person of good sense does more than a whack on the head of a ding-dong. Proverbs 17:10

4. Better to meet a grizzly robbed of her cubs than a ding-dong hell-bent on having too much fun. Proverbs 17:12

5. What’s this? Ding-dong's out shopping for wisdom! They wouldn’t recognize it if they saw it! Proverbs 17:16

6. The smart ones find wisdom in their own front yard; ding-dongs look for it everywhere but right here. Proverbs 17:24

7. Ding-dongs care nothing for thoughtful compliments; all they do is run off at the mouth. Proverbs 18:2

8. The words of a ding-dong start fights; do him a favor and gag him. Proverbs 18:6

9. A slap in the face brings ding-dongs to attention. Proverbs 19:29

10. Valuables are safe in a wise person’s home; ding-dongs put it all out for yard sales. Proverbs 21:20

11. Wise conversation is way over the head of dingdongs; in a serious discussion they haven’t a clue. Proverbs 24:7

12. Don’t respond to the stupidity of a dingdong; you’ll only look like a ding-dong yourself. Proverbs 26:4

13. Answer a ding-dong in simple terms so he doesn’t get a swelled head. Proverbs 26:5

14. You’re only asking for trouble when you send a message by a ding-dong. Proverbs 26:6

15. A proverb quoted by a ding-dong is limp as a wet noodle. Proverbs 26:7

16. Hire a ding-dong and you shoot yourself in the foot. Proverbs 26:10

17. See that man who thinks he’s so smart? You can expect far more from a ding-dong than from him. Proverbs 26:12

18. If you think you know it all, you’re a ding-dong for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others. Proverbs 28:26

On a more serious note, we can learn so much from the book of Proverbs. Nobody wants to be considered a fool / ding-dong. The Word says God Almighty has an ample abundant supply of wisdom, and He gives it away if we only ask Him in faith. Solomon prayed that Jehovah would grant him wisdom to rule over Israel. He became the richest ruler in the entire world, and He did not even ask for that. But because of his humbleness in asking help to govern Israel, He gained more than he could ever think or imagine.

All of us act foolishly at one point or another. Sometimes it seems like we are stuck in ding-dong land. We don’t have to be stuck because we serve a God who is Lord over all. The more time we spend with Him, the smarter we get.

If God wrote a whole book about wisdom, He is trying to tell us something. He wants us to be wise and not foolish. We need to ask God for wisdom in what we say, in what we do and how we act. In those tough spots, God will show up and help us to make wise choices.

Father, we humbly ask you to forgive us for being foolish. Give us daily the wisdom we need in order to make those smart choices and wise decisions. Amen.

2 Chronicles 1:7-13 (NKJV)

James 1:5 (NKJV)

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/24/13
I enjoyed this devotion. I especially liked the prayer. I think there are many people who may not know how to pray so I always enjoy stories or devotions that include prayer.

Although this statement is a sad one, I have found that the people who need to hear the message from the Bible the most often might skip over a story with a lot of Bible verses in them. it can be overwhelming to new Christians or those who do not yet know Jesus. You have a delightful message and a great way of presenting it. You may want to consider using just a few verses and showing examples of how those verses made a difference in your life.

I think you covered the topic in a fun and fresh way while still delivering an important message. I can feel the passion in your words and know you have a burning desire to share God's love with others. That's awesome. Keep writing those messages that God places on your heart. Great job.
Karen Pourbabaee 05/25/13
Your devotional made me smile! Yet you gave us reminders that wisdom can only come by spending time with God and asking Him for the wisdom. You show very good talent in devotional writing and I can see the Lord will use that, so keep it up!
lynn gipson 05/27/13
Excellent take on the topic! Great devotional I enjoyed reading this morning...very well done. Unique and original.
Christina Banks 05/27/13
Oh that we all would live outside of ding-dong land. Your devotional brought a smile to my face, and a challenge not to be a ding-dong.
Allison Egley 05/27/13
This is great. I love how you re-worded the verses.

My only suggestion would be to make sure you're consistent in your spelling of "ding-dong." Sometimes you had it hyphenated, other times, as one word, "dingdong."

There are some good reminders here, presented in a fun way. Nice job.
C D Swanson 05/27/13
Good way of brining attention to the "LOVE LETTER" the Father wrote for us. The wisdom in the Bible, extends beyond Proverbs, and to those who read it, they will understand fully to which the Lord refers, and guides.

NIcely done, good approach to the topic at hand.

God Bless~
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/28/13
I enjoyed especially the devotional thoughts at the end.
Judith Gayle Smith05/29/13
Wonderful analogy. How many ding dongs does it take to screw in a light bulb, etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum?

I'm a ding dong for Christ - whose ding dong are you?

Most enjoyable. Thanks.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/30/13
Congratulations for ranking 6th in your level! Happy Dance!!