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Winning is fun, isn’t it? No one ever starts a basketball game hoping to lose. We don’t go to band practice because we want to take last place in our competition. We don’t start a video game wanting our character to be elliminated first. No way. We play to win. Why? Because winning is awesome. It feels great. In fact, sports and video games probably aren’t the only place you want to be a winner.
Do you want to be successful when it comes to school? Sure! How about money? Your future? Friendships? You probably answered “all of the above”. Basically we all want to win at life. And while there’s no way to guarantee you will win in every area, there are some things you can do to help you get there.
In fact, there’s an entire book in the Bible, the book of Proverbs, dedicated to giving solid advice that can help us win at life. During this series, we’ll take a look at five verses from Proverbs that can set you up for the win in the areas you care about the most.

Think About This:

During this series, your student is learning five key principles from the Bible than can help them win in some of the areas of life that they care about the most: their friends, future, family, money, and love life. This series delves into the book of Proverbs—a book full of wisdom—and intends to set up your student with the most success when it comes to them making the best choices now and well into adulthood.
There’s a good chance that, while these are great principles for your teenager, you may find they’re helpful in your life as well. More importantly, when you student sees you putting these ideas into action, they’re more likely to follow suit. Take a look at what we’re talking about during this series and see if there’s an area you already model the principle described or if there’s one that may be worth working on in the future.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1 NIV). When it comes to your friendships, you can see the drama coming and steer around it or you can stir up with harsh words. The choice is yours.

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty (Proverbs 14:23 NIV). It’s easy to talk about all the things we want to do, but it’s a lot harder to turn those “want to’s” into a reality. Often, the only difference between a wish and a goal is creating a plan and working hard to make it happen.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23 NIV). We all have appetites. Whether it’s shopping, making money, looking good or getting people to notice you, we all have things that we want. But are those appetites healthy? If we want to guard our hearts, there are some appetites we simply should not feed.

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25 NIV). In a world that always offers more, it’s easy to feel constantly dissatisfied with what you have, no matter how much or how little. But that’s a miserable way to live. Generosity, with your money, time and belongings, can offer something that selfishness never will—a quenching of the thirst for more.

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense (Proverbs 19:11 NIV). Even though all of us are taught patience when we’re little, nearly no one practices it all the time. It’s especially hard to be patient with the people you are around the most—your family. But when you choose to see beyond the moment and see the whole situation from someone else’s perspective, sometimes that will give you just what you need to overlook the little things with the ones you love.

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