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Organizing the Inside – Day 336 Through Wisdom She Learned to Avoid False Starts

17But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17, 18 (NLT)

False starts lead to unnecessary pressure. When God speaks to your heart and gives you a specific task to carry out remember to practice wisdom in obedience. It’s great to be excited about the gifts and calling of God, but approach each new venture as a humble act of obedience. If you are like many high achievers when you get an idea from God your reaction is to immediately spring into action. Some Christians live in the movers and shakers lane, and if you’re not moving too you may just have to eat some dust. This method of hot pursuit of their God ordained purpose has (I’m sure) at times left a great deal of carnage behind from others who thought they too were onboard with the vision. In other words practicing accelerated obedience at any cost is not necessarily the best option if you want to enlist the help and support others.

There is nothing wrong with planning first. Actually it prevents a lot of headaches. Planning out your course of action is not only prudent, it saves you from the embarrassment that results from false starts. If more go-getters would only make time to set goals and chart a course of action that others can buy into, they would avoid experiencing the all too familiar humiliation that comes from being overzealous. I get it, when the creative juices are flowing so is the adrenaline. It is critical however that we line up our creative energy with God’s will and timing. When God empowers us to move forward it won’t be with a barrage of unrelenting orders for us to hurry up and act. The Spirit won’t rush us into completing any assignment unless all things are in place. He empowers us to move forward, all the while guiding us gently along the way.

Avoid false starts. The next time you have a creative idea that you know came from God, seek Him first, and carefully consider your next steps. Each time you are called into action it won’t necessarily require all engines full speed ahead. There may very well be a period of processing and planning; this is also action. He won’t give you a dream and then leave you on your own to sort it out. God not only equips us, He strengthens us and provides us with all that we will ever need to complete His great work. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinthians 9:10 (NIV)  Avoid life’s false starts by seeking God, practicing wisdom and considering others before moving ahead.

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5 Comments»

  Woody Stone wrote @

Very level headed approach, Liz, I appreciate that.

  Liz Mason wrote @

Thanks Woody for stopping by.

  Catherine Kennedy wrote @

Extremely wise words – being spiritual and exercising common sense are pretty much one and the same thing most of the time – hence Jesus’ teaching in parables. What a pity we feel the need to make things complicated so often (I speak for myself!!).

  Sort It wrote @

Interestingly, at a prayer meeting last week, someone said that we need to take steps of faith. We often hold ourselves back, when God says “Go!”. And if we’re a bit off, then God will adjust our paths to make them straight 🙂 Just food for thought. (Not saying that we should go crazy though 😉 )

  Liz Mason wrote @

Hey Liz,
Good point, I am all for blind faith.(really) I’ve been thinking a lot about stepping out just to get moving and doing so without a plan of action that is according to God’s will. I think the approach has to be balanced. The other thing to avoid is too much planning and preparing, then you never really move on to obey. I think you’ll like Day #340 it speaks to this very thing and has some scripture to follow up. Luke 12:47 Prepare and do, but do the right thing. So glad you stopped by…thank you for sharing.


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