Monday, July 16, 2007

Looking Ahead - Prov.27.12

Prov. 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

It is amazing to me how Andy took one verse, one idea, one truth and principle and taught it sooooo well. I was greatly refreshed by these words.

DIRECTION not intention determines DESTINATION…How do you know the right path?

2 different people, 2 responses and 2 outcomes

Prudent vs. Simple
Wise vs. Naive
Life is connected vs. Disconnected
Cause & Effect vs. Today is today
In light of my past, present and future hopes and dreams, what is the wisest thing to do?
Not thinking about the future
Takes refuge Vs. Keeps going
Does something Vs. Does nothing
Safe Vs. Suffers for it
Looks foolish Against the flow Vs. Acts like then is now
Avoids pain Vs. It will work out
I should Vs. I ought to
You’re right Vs. Feels convicted

There are points of no return…a place where all options are bad.
A principle is broken and you break yourself against this principle.
Life is moving…relationships are moving…they are going somewhere. It is wise to respond to the direction of things…money and relationships

4 Words:
1. ACTION
a. Do something. Act.
b. Have the hard conversation
2. SACRIFICE
a. Give something up
b. This will cost us something
3. EMBARRASSMENT
a. People will not understand
b. Do it anyway
4. RELIEF
a. We will breathe a big sign of relief when we act and sacrifice

What path am I on? Where do I need to get off?
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Help me to see trouble coming long before it gets here.
Then grant me the wisdom to know what to do and
The courage to do it

As I listened to this message, I was convicted of my health. I had 98% blockage of my RCA and a heart stint put in on 01.19.07 and have basically not done many things to change.

1. I got off my medication
2. I have not returned for my 6 month check up
3. I have not done the blood work
4. I have not adjusted my diet that much.
5. I still weigh 218 and should weigh 200-205.
6. I am not hydrating as I should
7. I am not eating 6 small meals a day

This feels foolish and simple…Father, give me the courage to pay attention and not be a fool. Be wise and prudent and take refuge. I need the grace to help in time of need and the accountability to change.

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