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The wise woman builds her house,  but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. - Proverbs 14:1

Are you a builder or a destroyer?

Some of us are on life's demolition crew and others are on the construction team. In the arena of development of people, community, businesses, and great initiatives, it is far better to take our cues from the wise woman who built her house than from the foolish one who tore it down.

After all, it is the house in which we all must live.

Here are some characteristics of BUILDERS

B = They have a well defined Basis for Life (foundation). We must start with a solid foundation for our lives.

He whose walk is upright fears the LORD ,  but he whose ways are devious despises him. - Proverbs 14:2

U = They have developed an effective Use of Tools - Words are our tools for building life.

A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. -Proverbs 14:3

I = They understand the required Investment necessary to build something great- Wise builders invest wisely in their growth. The ox pulls the plow that grows the wheat that is placed in the manger which gives him strength to plow. 

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest. Proverbs 14:4

L= There is a clear and decisive Line (the Plumb-line of Truth) that originates from above and is grounded in the soil of reality.  Truth is like good measurements in construction.

A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.  - Proverbs 14:5

D = They cultivate a capacity for Discernment of Truth - Builders are never cynical. Destroyers most always are. Yet, builders are not gullible either.

The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning. Proverbs 14:6

E = They Exercise Discretion in personal associations. Builders surround themselves with builders. 

Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips. - Proverbs 14:7

R = They take Responsibility - Builders take personal responsibility for correcting their mistakes. Builders have no time for pointing fingers or making excuses There is something to be built. 

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.    Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright. - Proverbs 148-9