When I’m needing an idea for another magazine story or a book, there’s one resource I go to immediately because it never fails me. It’s the book of Proverbs in the Bible.
Just ONE proverb can be a theme with a story waiting to happen! My fiction stories are not overtly religious and don’t need to be. The book of Proverbs is filled with jewels of wisdom for life and themes that apply to children as well as adults.
Here are just a few of the Proverbs that have triggered a story or two, or three, or—well you get the idea.
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2 gave me “The REAL B.J. Beaver,” (Clubhouse Jr.)
“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.” Proverbs 18:9 inspired my book “The WiseNOTS Get Lazy,” (book seeking a home.)
“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animals—” Proverbs 12:10 (a) inspired “Pets and Proverbs,” (Clubhouse Jr.)
“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15 inspired “Take a Hike,” (Clubhouse Jr.)
“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.” Proverbs 17:1 inspired “Please Pass the Kindness,” (Trails ‘N’ Treasures.)
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—when you now have it with you.” Proverbs 3:27, 28 inspired “Monkey Business,” (Clubhouse Jr.)
Need some inspiration and a heart filled with joy at the same time? “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” Proverbs 1:5