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Life Is Full of Contradictions

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Do you ever feel conflicted about what people tell you? Good people with differing points of view both seem to make sense ... at least on the surface. Some would call it post modernism, I guess, but it definitely makes you scratch your head. I'm glad to have the Word of God to go to for answers. No one has differing points of view about what it says! (Tongue firmly planted in cheek....)

From the midst of all the noise of man's wisdom out there I bring you today a list of some commonly used bits of conflicting advice.

Birds of a feather flock together.
Opposites attract.

He who hesitates is lost.
Look before you leap.

You're never too old to learn.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

The early bird gets the worm.
Good things come to those who wait.

Look before you leap.
Strike while the iron is hot.

Two heads are better than one.
If you want something done right do it yourself.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Better safe than sorry.

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

What will be, will be. (Que sera sera....)
Life is what you make it.

Many hands make light work.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Two heads are better than one.

There's safety in numbers.
Too many cooks spoil the broth. (Wow, the jury must still be out on that proverb!)

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Out of sight, out of mind.

Don't change horses in midstream.
Variety is the spice of life.

The pen is mightier than the sword.
Actions speak louder than words.

Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
Forewarned is forearmed.

Silence is golden.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Clothes make the man.
Never judge a book by its cover.

The best things come in small packages.
The bigger, the better.

If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

A miss is as good as a mile.
Half a loaf is better than none.

A miss is as good as a mile.
Something is better than nothing.

An old fox is not easily snared.
There's no fool like an old fool.

The more, the merrier.
Two’s company; three’s a crowd.

The best things in life are free.
You get what you pay for.

A good beginning makes a good ending.
It's not over till it's over.

Blood is thicker than water.
Many kinfolk, few friends.

Practice makes perfect.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A man's reach should exceed his grasp.

There's safety in numbers.
Better be alone than in bad company.

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
Don't beat a dead horse.

Hold fast to the words of your ancestors.
Wise men make proverbs and fools repeat them.


Maybe some of you have some other examples to add to the mix, or some comments on any that I've posted today. I really am thankful to be able to turn to the objective truth found in the Bible since man's wisdom is majorly inferior to God's wisdom. Where there are differences of opinion concerning God's word, the problem lies with the reader, not the Writer.


"God does not reform our flesh. ... Without God's power, you will be defeated by your flesh." — John Dodd

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