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A Little Better is a Lot Better

June 22, 2020 Lonnie Wibberding
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A Little Better is a Lot Better
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A Little Better is a Lot Better
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A short devotional on Proverbs 22:29. Want to talk? Send an email to umpquaconnect@gmail.com.

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A short devotional on Proverbs 22:29. Want to talk? Send an email to umpquaconnect@gmail.com.

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Monday, June 22, 2020

Happy birthday to my beautiful wife Melanie. Besides giving me eternal life, you are God's greatest gift to me.

In our text today, Solomon has jumped to another area of life. Like many of these proverbs, this one is just solid life advice.

Proverbs 22:29 says:

Do you see someone skilled in their work?
    They will serve before kings;
    they will not serve before officials of low rank.

If you are good at what you do, you will move up in society. People will take notice. Your pay will increase and you will be serving important people.

This is a pretty deep insight. As we stop to think about it, it makes sense.

Imagine you need heart surgery. And you have two choices. One surgeon has a track record of 90% success rate. Nine out of ten of his surgeries are successful. The people live a happy, healthy life afterward. Of course one out of ten of his patients die, but he assures you, you probably won't be one of them.

Then there is another choice. Another heart surgeon, only she has a 95% success rate. Instead of one out of ten, only one out of twenty die. Nineteen out of twenty go on to live happy successful lives.

Which one would you choose? Of course anyone in their right mind would choose the better odds. But here is the next question, "How much more would you pay for the higher success rate? Probably more than just another 5 percent.

It is an extreme example, but this is why someone who is skilled moves up the ladder. Because often a little better is actually a lot better.

I could paint a hundred paintings, but I would never sell a hundred for the same price one Picasso would sell for.

I do some computer programming. There are programmers who are ten times faster than others in writing code. Who gets paid more? Who always gets the job offers? It's the ones who are better.

So Solomon gives us some advice. Whatever you do, get good at it. It will separate you from the rest because a little better is a lot better.

Do you see someone skilled in their work?
    They will serve before kings;
    they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow