these days, we tend to look so much at our future that we overlook what the Lord sets before us today.
the other day i was speaking to a friend who “one day wants to inspire others” in her field. she was saying as long as that was what she ended up doing, she’d be satisfied with her career. i simply said to her “if you inspire someone today, you’ll inspire someone forever.” i truly felt the Lord had used me to speak to her, as she was stunned by the simple yet profound concept.
isn’t this true for all we do?
* fulfill your purpose today, and you’ll fulfill it forever.
* do His will today, and you’ll do it forever
* do [you fill in the blank] today and you’ll do “it” forever.
live for today, until tomorrow becomes today, then do it all over again!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
certain lessons you have to learn on your own. in fact, most lessons fall under this category. as a parent, it’s tough because all you really want to do is protect your children from this big bad world. as the adult learning a new lesson … it can be quite disconcerting. especially when it comes on the heels of advice (very wise advice I might add) from dear friends who have actually walked what you’re walking.
not unlike a child who slams their finger in a drawer after being told repeatedly not to play with it, lessons learned in this manner tend to hurt. but better yet, they stick with you. some things just need to be experienced before they hit home!
I thank my God for placing wisdom filled individuals into my life and for His protection and correction when He sees fit!
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Proverbs 19:20 ESV
The Word Speaks
Got Your Back
I knew there was a verse in the bible that backed my analyzing (or should I say over analyzing) ways:
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. (Proverbs 14:8 NIV)
in all seriousness, praying through where you think He is directing you and waiting for Him to answer will always be the wisest move!
Let’s Clarify Something
when we try to figure out what God is doing, it’s like we cut Him off at the knees. I believe He is always working behind the scenes on our behalf but we tend to get in the way. instead, we need to trust Him in His infinite wisdom and live each moment with confidence. what we may think is wrong is most likely a step in the right direction because His ways are not the ways of the world! we’d all be in a better place if we’d just stay out of His way!
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25 NIV)
I love this saying, “Thoughts become Words, Words become Actions, Actions become Character, Character is Everything”
in everything we do and say we have a choice. when a not-so-great choice has been made, how many of us step back and think “what can I do better next time?”
when my kids were younger, they had a “better choice chair.” that chair was not only a place where they’d sit when they needed to think about their actions and come up with a better way of handling themselves, but it also was a reminder. a reminder that they do have a choice: beforehand!
how many of us could use a “better choice chair” as adults? a safe place to land. to sort our thoughts, hopes, desires, dreams, triumphs and failures? our thoughts become our character, let’s take some much needed solitude [daily], so we can make better choices right out of the gate.
You, Lord, are my choice, and I will obey you. (Psalms 119:57)
… the above words were spoken at the beginning of prayer group by my [very wise and respected] pastor.
whenever someone quotes Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them,”” the first thought that pops into my head is: “isn’t He with me when I’m alone?” the answer to that is, of course, Yes! the part I think I’ve been missing all these years is Him being “there” in others. if it’s just me, He hears me and will speak to my soul. but when He shows up in others who can now speak wisdom over my life, I’m not left wondering “was that truly Him or just me having selective hearing?” this verse took on special meaning in my life last night. He used others (4 others to be exact) as vessels for His wisdom to flow through!
thank you Holy Spirit for being in our midst last night, for speaking to me directly through your wonderful, faithful, wisdom filled followers!
I love reading a Proverb a day. 31 proverbs, 31 days [in most] months. moments of revelation become imminent, no matter how big or small. take for instance today. in reading 12:5,
“The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.”
instead of looking at the verse, like I’ve done so many times, “yeah, yeah, I am to be righteous in my ways. I’m not deceitful, so I’m good.” a little voice said to me, “not you.” which lead me to read it in a different way: as we pursue relationships, we must have wisdom in order to distinguish the righteous from the deceitful. so keep reading His wisdom book because it’s only through His wisdom manifested in us that we will know the difference!
I’ve Got This!