This is the start of a new week. Whether you are going back to school or going back to work you must know your ABC’s and by that I do not mean the 26 letters of the alphabet. I mean you must know how to Always Be Confident. My ABC verse for this week is Psalm 27:3 (ESV) which says, Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Even if there are no parking spaces left in my typical lot, I will keep searching and saying yet I will be confident. If I forget to bring my lunch , I will pack this verse in my heart and say yet I will be confident. No matter what is going on this week encourage yourself. Practice your ABC verses and remain confident in the Lord to see you through.
Good manners are hard to find these days. Sometime people display them by gestures and other times by the words they speak. Some common signs of good manners I have always been taught were to use the words please and thank you. I noticed the Bible doesn’t necessarily focus on the word please as much as it does on thank you. God’s word commands us to give thanks always. It pleases God when we say thank you to Him just for being God. It pleases God when we acknowledge how good He is and how great His name is. It pleases God more when give thanks in everything rather than saying please God get me out of this or please God, let me just win the lottery. Have you ever prayed like that? I know I haven’t told God thank you enough in my prayers. I am guilty of having too many “please God”prayers that are focused on me and my personal issues or needs. I read Psalm 119:28-29 and it reminded me to give thanks so today, I will start living wiser by being more thankful. I thank God for wisdom to say the words thank you Lord in everything, because in Him I have everything I need. Now that’s what I call living on pitch. When it comes to good manners which do you prefer, people to say please or thank you? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Preparation is key. I’ve learned this lesson before in school, on my job and in my home life. It’s not a new idea. The Bible reminds me of this over and over. Being prepared requires insight. In Proverbs chapter 9 it says wisdom sets the table. When the table is set I know things are ready. I can eat and live wiser with a prepared table. So today I will be intentional and prepare. I will live wiser by being prepared for what’s next. For me that might just mean preparing my next meal, preparing for a meeting, preparing for my piano lesson. For some it could mean preparing for a job interview, preparing to save more money or buy a home, preparing to change careers, or change an exercise routine. I encourage you to set the table and be prepared! How are you preparing for what’s next for you? I’d like to know your thoughts on being prepared.
I love Proverbs 3 especially verses 5-6. They are highlighted and underlined in my study Bible and on electronic Bible on my phone. I can quote this scripture and have heard several sermons preached on the this text alone: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. (or direct your paths for those of us KJV Sunday School students)
I found out that there is so much in this entire chapter before and after we get to those favorite verses of mine. To live wiser I must not forget what I’ve been taught. Most of us don’t forget how to drive a car, ride a bike, make a cake, or tie our shoes once we’ve been taught. Even if we haven’t done them in a while, we don’t forget how to do them. The Word says don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments in verse 1 of Proverbs 3. Sometimes I forget what I’ve been taught in God’s word. I forget to pray for others, I forget to read the Bible, I forget to call someone who’s sick or grieving. I even forget that God said I will never leave you, I forget that God said I am with you always, I forget that God loves me and gave His only Son for me. Oh how foolish I can be when I forget about the benefits of knowing Christ and following Him. I can’t live wiser when I forget. I must remember to hold on to God’s promises as I’ve been taught. I start fresh, with a simple prayer, a few minutes of quiet time with God and it’s just like riding a bike for the first time. I keep steering, keep pedaling, I may have to keep trying to do it over but I must keep going because straight paths don’t come without remembering what I’ve been taught.