In Proverbs chapter 12, one of the issues it deals with is what some people do in private. Now, when we usually speak of things being done in private, we usually speaking about sin. But we notice in this chapter that some times the best things that we do should be done in private. Here are a couple that I have noticed:
12:11 - A good man COMMISSIONS SECRETELY. The opposite of quietly working and going about your business is the lazy man who follows the vain, or empty person. Here is a verse for all those who constantly seek after the "Get Rich Quick" schemes. There is no substitute for hard, consistent work.
12:16 - A good man COVERETH SHAME. The opposite is a fool who is always spouting off what they are angry about. But a good man is one who keeps their issues private. Or, using an older saying, "Don't air out your dirty laundry." Everyone goes through tough times, but you don't have to let everyone know about them all the time. I wonder how many Christians lament that people will not forget their mistakes of their past - yet they will not stop bringing them up all the time themselves?
12:23 - A good man CONCEALETH SUBSTANCE. The opposite is a fool who wants to tell you everything that is on their mind. You don't have to tell everybody everything you know! I think Facebook and Twitter, among other technologies, capitalize on our desire to always speak about everything that comes to our mind. Sometimes we forget that it is better to conceal a truth. It is not our right to know everything about everyone.
Hope this was a help to you today. What other verses spoke to you, what questions do you have?