Foolish to chase them:
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth – NIV PROVERBS 17:24
While there is something to be said for having big dreams, this proverb points out the folly of chasing fantasies (having eyes that wander “to the ends of the earth”, see 12:11). How much better to align your goals with God’s, being the king of person he wants you to be! Such goals (wisdom, honesty, patience, love) may not seem exciting, but they will determine your eternal future. Take time to think about your dreams and goals, and make sure they cover the really important areas of life.
©Kingsway International Church 1973.
(A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones – – Proverb 17:22. To be cheerful is to be ready to greet others with a welcome, a word of encouragement, an enthusiasm for the task at hand, and a positive outlook on the future. Such people are as welcome as pain-relieving medicine.)
(A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue – – Proverb 17:27, 28. This proverb highlights several benefits [culture] of keeping quiet: (1) it is the best policy if you have nothing worthwhile to say; (2) it allows you the opportunity to listen and learn; (3) it gives you something in common with those who are wiser. Make sure you pause to think and to listen so that when you do speak, you will have something important to say.)