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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shortcuts Are Shortsighted

In review of Proverbs 4:20-22 it says, “Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning.”

Bottom Line:
Listen carefully and don’t lose sight to what God tells you, let it penetrate deep within you, for it will give life and health if you understand and put them into practice.

What this means to me:

I am to listen carefully and not lose sight to what God tell me through his word. I should let them penetrate deeply within me. Life will go so much better for me when I can understand them and put them into practice.

One of the pitfalls I face as I try to fulfill my purpose is the temptation to take shortcuts. In reality, shortcuts will only get me off track. The shortcuts can be moral, ethical, spiritual, financial, or even relational one. But if I take them, they will only distract me from what God wants me to do in life, eventually eating up my time, energy, resources, and creativity.

Shortcuts are almost always shortsighted. God wants me to stop being “absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that's where the action is. See things from his perspective” (Colossians 3:2 MSG).

In order to be alert to what’s around me, I need to carefully listen to what God reveals to me in his Word. As this verse mentions, I am to let his Word penetrate deeply within my heart (guidance center). Keeping them close will help shape my perspective and ultimately my values. Then my desires will be filtered by a new perspective and value systems and I’ll come out with the behavior that God wants for me. It’s tempting for me to, especially when I’m feeling pressured or overwhelmed to seek out shortcuts. Being aware will help me stay away from shortsighted shortcuts. I need to persist on doing what I know I need to done in the manner it should be done.