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Monday, August 29, 2016

Be aware of shortcuts

In review of Proverbs 4:20b-22 it says, “Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body”

Bottom Line:
Really listen and absorb. Don’t let them get away. Remember and keep them close as they will give and promote health if taken to heart.

What this means to me:
I am encourage to pay attention and really listen to what is said in their proverbs. I am to never let them get away from me. I should remember them and keep them in my heart. If I do, the will give life and promote health if I really understand them.

Today's passages come from Proverbs 4 where Solomon tells about a Father's wise advice (the Proverbs.) We are told to pay attention and listen carefully to what He has told us. We are not to lose sight of them. We are to let them penetrate deep into our hearts, for they will bring life to those who find them and healing.

One of the pitfalls I know I’ll face as I attempt to fulfill my purpose is the temptation to take shortcuts. In truth, these shortcuts will only get you off track. The shortcuts may be moral, ethical, spiritual, financial, or even relational. However, they will distract me from what God wants me to do, and eventually end up wasting my time, energy, resources, and creativity.

Shortcuts will always be 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).

Today’s passages encourage me to let God’s Word “penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body” (Proverbs 4:20b-22 NLT).

So it’s important to recognize when something is a shortcut. From what I’m learning, a shortcut is something makes me focus more on earthly things rather than the bigger perspective, the things from above.

Today I will consider if their are things which I’m pursuing which are shortcuts and possibly keeping me from focusing on things from above.