Proverbs by Shawn Tyler
Created by GNPI Mbale
What are some of your favourite sayings growing up? “Cat got your tongue?” or “A penny saved, is a penny earned.” or have you ever got “your hand stuck in the cookie jar?” Recently I heard a proverb from South Sudan, “If you are not strong, do not kick the buttocks of an elephant.”
We use sayings, or proverbs, as a way of transmitting truths. Proverbs are short, well-written, statement that connects a common understanding or experience to a meaningful life principle or insight. These proverbs serves as a memory device to capture truths in short sentences that can be remembered and applied at the proper time.
Here in Mbale, Uganda we are working on a project to help give people a more in-depth understanding of the book of Proverbs.
Our host, Shawn Tyler, for this series has lived as a missionary in East Africa for over 30 years and shares his insights into the book and brings the book into today’s context.