As a Sunday school teacher, I often sought ways to make a principle stick with kids. It isn’t only the scripture, but the principle, which bears learning. And the fun thing I discovered early on, was that the first letter of words – alliterations, helped the children remember “The Principle.” What was even better, the letter that kept coming up in all the principle words was “P”. So if I asked, “Can you guess which letter the principle this week begins with,” they would all chime, “P”, because they knew from experience, it always began with the letter “P”.
I am loving our theme this month, because, guess what? Proverbs begins with “P”. And it is all about adventures in principles, and the first of my selected scriptures also begins with the letter “P”. Are you feeling like we are on Sesame Street and the letter of the day is “P”, yet? LOL
So what is this Perfectly Principled word? It is Plan.
Today's Reflection: Proverbs 4:26 says: Ponder the Path of thy feet.
Oh, yaayy! More “P” words! Say it three times fast. I mean it. 3 times beginning - now. That will help it stick. OK. You are not 6. So why do most of us act like 6 years olds, living day in and out without sitting down and pondering what steps we should take for the day? Then share that with God?
If for a few minutes each day we do four things:
- Ponder our path – give the day a little thought. Rather than striking out into it blindly doing what we did the day before.
- Like most of you I need lists. So as part of your Plan try to:
Pray the list – if you have a list of things to do, pray for –
- guidance – let God point the way.
- presence of mind - defined as “existence in a certain place” in the mind
- peaceful and prosperous productivity
- and passion for the purpose
3. Purpose to Prove God’s Power – Claim that power by filtering our plan through his word. Then prove him, put God to the test. On Purpose… have purpose.
A reason to do what is on the list makes certain things Priority. So –
4. Prioritize the plans.
- We might get everyone in the family on the same page.
- We might see God in our day.
- We won’t walk alone.
- We might realize some things were not as important as we thought.
Result? Things will go wrong anyway, the plans won’t always pan out, and you will feel like a pitiful failure at the end of the day - IF you forget that the plan was a guide, not the perfect will of God. Please put a little fun in and plan to laugh and make changes to the plan. Proverbs are Character builders, not the “LAW OF GOD.” Use them as tools to fashion a little more perfect YOU.
Then above all – refer to Acts 2: 21 often, at the end of your day: and remember the old joke which quotes only half the verse but reeks with wisdom: “it shall come to pass”. Tomorrow’s another day. Think about it! And Ponder a new Plan.
Today's Prayer: Lord Jesus, your word helps us know that everything about you is one big plan. There is purpose in every element of your creation. Help me be a part of that plan, but also help me to include you in my daily plan. But most of all, help me to emulate you and have a plan. Lovin’ having fun as part of the plan. I think I see you smiling. AMEN
For more wisdom, read Chapter 4 of Proverbs.