Devotional for Friday September 7th

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”

Our Bible verse for today: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Our thought for today: “You are responsible for having a vision and for then acting on it.”

“The road of life is paved with flat squirrels that couldn’t make a decision!” So says the meme on Facebook, and I believe it’s true. A lot of people are like those flat squirrels – they get run over by life because they can’t make decisions. People who don’t have vision and purpose end up drifting through life with no sense of direction and they tend to be indecisive. Consequently they end up like a flat squirrel on the road of life.

That’s not God’s desire for us. He wants us to have vision and direction in life, and then to walk it out, day-by-day, one step at a time, putting one foot in front of the other, always moving forward with purpose and conviction. This is one of the keys to a successful life. Successful people know what they’re about. They understand their purpose and direction in life and they take the action necessary to fulfill that purpose. They don’t procrastinate and make excuses, they move forward.

That’s what Proverbs 3:5-6 is all about. Make sure your heart is right and you truly are seeking God’s will and not your own; check Scripture; consult with friends; make a plan; and then get going and keep going.

In the book “The Traveler’s Gift”, which we’ve been consulting in recent days as we consider this issue of personal responsibility, the fourth life principle our man David is taught is “I have a determined heart”:

“I have a vision. I have purpose. I am determined. I will persevere. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I have the power to control my direction, as well as my forward movement in that direction. I do not procrastinate. I have passion. Passion breeds conviction and conviction turns mediocrity into excellence. Passion overcomes obstacles. All my problems become smaller when I confront them. I have a determined heart.”

What could you accomplish in life with a vision, a determined heart, and the conviction to just keep moving forward? I encourage you to find out.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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