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Are you seeking wise counsel?
James Tollett – July 26, 2013

Ok, I will admit it: Often times I respond without thinking about what I am doing, or the consequences that may ensue from my actions.  However, I am fairly confident that I am not alone in this.  My wife often uses the same phrase that my mother used to say to me—“What were you thinking?”—implying that I was not thinking at the time.

In the mid-80s, my wife and I built our home.  We did some of the plumbing, strung the electrical, put in the insolation, hung the drywall, built kitchen cabinets, installed fixtures, and put up trim throughout the house.  My impatience and carelessness taught me a lesson that many wood workers have learned: Measure for your cut twice, and then cut it once.  Unfortunately, I was a slow learner.

The truth of the matter is, in life’s work not only do I need to be more careful about the decisions I make, but so do those of us who consider ourselves believers.  In Luke 14, Jesus tells the story of the man who was building a tower.

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, “This man began to build and was not able to finish.”  (Luke 14:28-30, NASB)

Our reactions to events in life not only reflect on us but, as believers, our reactions and actions also reflect on our relationship with Christ.  Therefore, it is important that we think about what we do and what we say.

I am no better than anyone else.  My wife has reminded me on more than one occasion that many times I blindly go off to places where angels would never tread.  In other words, she is saying, “James, step back, take a breath, and think about what you are getting ready to do.”  That is good advice!

The next time you are faced with a problem, or you have to make a decision, take some time to think it through.  Perhaps as a believer, you should take a page from King David’s playbook—“Inquire of the Lord,” before you act (1 Samuel 23:1-5, NASB).  If you do, you may find, like King David, that you will not only have the blessing of the Lord with you, but you will become more productive.

This week I encourage you to follow the old adage: think (and pray) twice before you act once.  It will make a difference in your life.

Until next week, I am James Tollett, your missionary to America.

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