1 My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, 2 So that your ear is attentive to [skillful and godly] wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding [seeking it conscientiously and striving for it eagerly]; 3 Yes, if you cry out for insight, And lift up your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek skillful and godly wisdom as you would silver And search for her as you would hidden treasures;
In high school, one of the fiction books in my class was “The Outsides “ a novel about young teenage boys on the wrong side of the track by a teenage girl name S. E. Hinton. Two groups living in the same town, the socials ( rich boys) and the “greasers” ( poor boys). Doesn’t matter if the boys are rich or poor, they both want to have a good time and sometimes that means looking for trouble. Most of the story follows a couple of friends name Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny who was jumped by a group of social boys. Ponyboy’s head is held underwater in a fountain so Johnny takes his pocket knife kills one of the socials to save his friend Ponyboy. They then run to an older boy name Dally for help and advice, Dally gives Johnny and Ponyboy a loaded gun and tells them to hide in an abandoned church. While hiding at the abandoned church, Ponyboy dyes and cuts his hair so he won’t look recognizable. Ponyboy reads “ Gone with the Wind” to Johnny, they played cards, and one morning they are watching the sunrise and Ponyboy recites a Robert Frost “ Nothing Gold Can Stay “,
“Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay.
One day Dally comes to check on Johnny and Ponyboy, takes them to get burgers, and tells them that the police are looking for them and that their families are looking for them also. When they return to the abandoned church, a school bus is there and a group of kids is caught inside the church and it is on fire. All three greasers go to the church to rescue the children, while doing so, the church roof collapses on Dally, and Johnny. Both are taken to the hospital, Dally is okay can’t wait to leave, but Johnny is seriously burnt and barely hanging on. A newspaper article says how heroic the greaser was in saving young children, but Dally is upset cause Johnny was in critical condition. Johnny eventually dies and Ponyboy returns to school and life go on and finds the, “ Gone with the Wind” novel he read to Johnny, and a note from Johnny is in the book. Johnny had expressed in the note, he was very proud of himself for saving those kids, from the burning church, even if it meant he would die cause of it and he urges his friend, Ponyboy to stay gold and to see the beauty in sunrises. The wisdom that is taught in Proverbs in 2:1-4, that God’s word gives meaning to life, all of the 10 commandments mean this, love God and each other. For any child of God who says the love for our Lord and each other is no longer good or done away with, is truly foolish themselves. God bless you all, the Lord Jesus loves you, and do I. Samuel J Head
John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that a person will lay down his life for his friends.