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Proverbs 20:24

August 7, 2012

A man’s steps are directed by the LORD.
How then can anyone understand his own way?
—Proverbs 20:24

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So why bother trying?

Food for Thought

An older mentor once told me, “Dave, you need to slow down and appreciate the ride. You may or may not get where you’re heading — the ride might be all you have to enjoy.” Wise words. The various destinations we point our ship toward in business and life aren’t the prize; it’s the getting there that contains the true riches if we can just slow down long enough to recognize it. Build relationships with the various people you work with — those relationships can last much longer and be more valuable to you than any mutual objective you’ve reached. Get an education in your journey — learn what works, what doesn’t work, and file away the good stuff for the next trip. Allow the excursion to change you for the better and regardless of whether the trip ends in your version of success or not, you’ve won. Kind of like the way God prepares us here in this life for heaven, isn’t it?

 

Next Steps

1.   Take a good, hard look around at your life. What are you learning? Are you proactively trying to learn or just dealing with what’s being thrown your way, hoping to survive for another day?

2.   What kind of relationships are you building today? Are they of the “hey, how you doing, good to see you” variety or are they deeper? Remember that you’ll only get out of a relationship what you’re willing to invest, and like an investment, look for mutual return.

3.   Are you changing for the better? Why or why not? What can you do today to begin to transform into a better you?

4.   Surrender the “steps” of your journey to God — they’re His anyway. Learn to enjoy the trip. Do you feel the wind in your hair yet?

 

 

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