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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Learning to Pause and Pray Before Adding

In review of Proverbs 20:25 it says, “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows”

Bottom Line:
Think carefully before making a promise. You may regret it later.

What this means to me:
It’s a trap for me to rashly dedicate myself to a promise or commitment and then regret it later when I really realize and count the true cost.

Today’s verse is a great reminder that I can’t do it all just because I’m asked. Learning to pause and pray before making a decision will help to slow things down so that I can think reasonably.  Today’s verse from Proverbs 20:25 says, “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows” (NIV).

This verse encourages me to ponder first before promising. Deliberate before deciding. Muse before I choose. Reflect before I select. Consider my commitments prayerfully and carefully before I decide. Pause and pray before deciding.

I’ve learned by personal experience that I can’t just keep adding things to my schedule without eliminating something else. The mark of good leadership is knowing what to stop and what to cut out. If I’m burning the candle at both ends, I’m not as bright as I think I am. I’ll end up burning out!

When things come my way here are three things I can ask:

. Is it worth it?
. Is it worth my time, energy, effort, reputation, or even money?
. What am I going to give up?

I need to fully consider the cost and be willing to say “no” if it doesn’t fit within my goals and priorities. Any new things that come should be thought through carefully before making a commitment to it.

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