No one wants to be a fool but there are many times we can look back and see we were acting foolish. For me, the most foolish times of my life I had no fear (or reverence) of the Lord. The truth is, I disrespected life and the truth of things so often it’s amazing I’ve made it this far. One thing I know for certain, most of our problems are from lack of wisdom.
Choose today not to despise wisdom. Do not be a fool and ignore godly instruction. Write down a handful of practical things you can do on a daily basis to get more Godly wisdom in your life. Then do them. If you don’t know the best place to start, I’d recommend reading a chapter of Proverbs every day over the next 90 days and for each time you finish a chapter, write down at least one insight you learned.
Pay attention when you read about the heart in God’s Word. It will provide tremendous insight into helping you accomplish everything God’s has purposed for you. There is so much wisdom in so few words here. It blows me away!
There is something to the idea of keeping His Word in places that we will see over and over again… constantly reminding of us the way of righteousness. I’m thinking if I got a tattoo, it would be of a large tablet with Mercy & Truth over my heart. I would then see that every day… and as they say… Get Wisdom Every Day! See what I did there. Ha!
Simple. Obey God’s Word here and you’ll find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Next action… Write down what do you think will happen if you do not obey God’s Word here?
I think if I don’t follow through with God’s command here… I won’t find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man… Simple.
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The wise person avoids the mistake of taking their foot off the gas when they see they are making good gains. I’ve been guilty of this most of my life. This is what happens when you are motivated by pain and the behaviors you took to get those gains are accomplished through will power and not through belief and identity. It’s like a thermostat. Your identity and beliefs will always bring you back to the temperature or behaviors you are comfortable with. You have to change your beliefs and how you see yourself in order to have the sustained gains you are looking for. This is the best kind of habit change. Please don’t let this discourage you. This is a great thing. You can make the gains permanent and ever increasing by changing your beliefs instead of just brute force will power that will eventually fade away. Also, remember this, just like a car in motion is easier to turn than one that is parked, a change in a belief happens best when taking action. You want to avoid losing momentum if possible.
Reflect on your last few wins or gains and determine if you reverted back to your old behaviors before the gains. If you notice you’re always hitting a wall and losing the gains you worked hard to achieve there are likely limiting beliefs keeping you at a certain level of success. Next, you need to identify those limiting beliefs and reprogram your heart and mind right beliefs. You can do this. You can make permanent and positive change happen through changing your beliefs leading to changing your habits. Atomic Habits by James Clear is a great book on this line of thinking. Read it!