“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

Slow down. Take your time. Stop to smell the roses. These and other sayings are structured to tell us to prepare before we go off half-cocked! When you plan, you find a greater reward for the work you do. Yet the flip side is that when we do not plan and prepare we find that when problems arise or a glitch comes along, we do not have a contingency plan. The plans of hard working people lead to prosperity, because the hard work is done ahead of time. When you are able to mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually prepare for what lies ahead, your efforts can lead to great rewards. It takes time, energy, and effort to do well in life.

However, we must exercise caution to not run ahead of God. When we get ahead of God we find that we are not properly prepared to deal with circumstances that are beyond our control. We get so busy moving, that we did not stop to listen. Learn. Re-think. Re-evaluate. Re-tool. And, when we miss an opportunity for growth with God, we miss the chance to excel beyond our current skill set. Today, think of ways or areas in which you need to slow down and let the Lord reveal to you how to proceed. There is nothing wrong with sitting on the sidelines for more coaching. But, if you are taken out completely, who do you have to blame other than yourself?

Prayer focus: Those who need to get out the fast lane.


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