|Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 8, 2012 at 8:30 AM|
Did you ever make a very foolish mistake? Me, too.
There have been times when I have said to myself, “How can someone so smart do something so dumb!”
Of course, it is not that any of us are “so smart”, but more that we can allow ourselves to be so distracted, or frustrated, or impatient, don’t you think?
Isn’t it usually when you are in a frenzied hurry that something dumb happens? “Haste makes waste,” my mother always said.
Time, time, time!! There is never enough time!
For example, when you want things to be easier, you look for a short cut that only ends up in more frustration and wasted time.
Maybe when your heart was set on having a few expensive items you deemed were absolutely necessary, you impulsively made the purchases and now face mounting debt on your credit card.
We hate to wait! Time, time, time is passing by.
Did you ever ignore the speed limit sign and suffer the consequences? Hah!! I was running late, and so I ended up running even later!! More wasted time. After a couple of those moments, I learned my lesson.
Time management is a big issue in our busy lives. Mistakes happen, losses are incurred opportunities missed, and hindsight is 20/20. It is a discipline and a process to learn how to give priority to things that matter.
One of my issues has always involved taking on too much. Do you have that problem? It was so hard for me to say “no” to every good and noble thing that came along. I did not guard my time well.
Especially when you are active in a church community, or any service oriented community, it can so easily become a snare that can rob you of your joy and purpose as you become overwhelmed with busyness and exhaustion.
Then you feel like a traitor or a jerk, or both, when you decide you need to step back and let something go in order to regain some of your precious time.
Here is the one that has caused me regret: speaking when I should have kept quiet. Ah!! Do you know the proverbial, “open mouth, insert foot” syndrome? Or, how about the “I will get my way at all costs” syndrome, which springs forth from a very stubborn and willful heart.
This one destroys relationships and stirs up so much unnecessary conflict. In the end, most of the issues I was fighting for were non-issues anyway, or pride issues, when they should have been prayer issues.
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
This was one of my early prayers as a young believer. I didn’t understand the depth of importance in these words back then. I am understanding it more and more the older I get.
Over time, and with experience, and most certainly by the grace of God, I have sought to slow down, be more thoughtful and live more in the Spirit.
Walking in the Spirit means walking in Wisdom. Walking in Wisdom means becoming more Jesus-conscious every day. Wisdom is the person of Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 1:30 Col 2:3
Psalm 90 reminds us that God is always there for us, eternally ready to forgive when we repent, and ready to provide our best solution to every problem as we seek His Wisdom.
So, I propose we get off Facebook and get our face in the BOOK!
Read Psalm 90 today and Ephesians 5:15-17
So you see any similarities in these scriptures? Which verse or verses really speak to your heart?
Let's study wisdom together and share practical insights to spur each other on. Feel free to share any insights the Lord has given you in the comments section.
LORD, we worship You today. We have chosen to sit at your feet and seek Your face and Your wisdom for our lives and circumstances. Cleanse us and fill us with a heart that serves you in everything we say and do. We are building on Your promises as we trust in You. Amen.
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