Daily D – Proverbs 19:2

by | Jul 30, 2020 | Daily D | 0 comments

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. PROVERBS 19:2 (NLT)

_____________________________________________________________________________

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. This adage from the Navy Seals contains great wisdom. It has been a military axiom for centuries. Napoleon said, “Dress me slowly, I am in a hurry.” Solomon captured these ideas nearly three thousand years ago. Wisdom is like that. It endures. 

Sometime in my young adult years, someone told me, “Never rush something essential.” Sometimes we have to slow down to go faster. 

This lesson is easier for some to learn than others. I still have to remind myself to slow down. Frequently. 

I was a sprinter on the track team. One thing I really did not like doing was running long distances. One hundred yards? I could run those on repeat all day long. One mile? I would still shuffle along an hour later. Then I grew up. Those fast-twitch muscles and rapid breathing mechanics had to be replaced with LSD and more rhythmic breathing. (LSD means Long Slow Distance and not that other thing you were thinking.) 

Eventually, my bride and I were able to complete a half-marathon. We even planned to compete in a marathon two weeks later. Since we could barely walk for a week after running 13.1 miles, the marathon was placed on hold. Now the mean doctor says I cannot run at all. Slow is smooth (sigh). Smooth is fast (yawn). 

Hastelessness prevents us from jumping to conclusions. Tempering enthusiasm empowers us to think clearly before deciding or acting. Anything worth doing is worth thinking over. 

A dear friend is experiencing deep grief. Wise counsel tells us it is not good to make life-altering decisions in seasons like this. Grief is a temporary hold on everything else we believe is important. 

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. 

Never rush something essential.

Another friend has been placed in a metaphorical waiting room. Nothing can make the time go faster. Time may heal all wounds, but it does not get in a hurry to do so.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. 

Never rush something essential.

Tempering steel can make it both stronger and more flexible. Tempering enthusiasm with patience accomplishes the same results in us. 

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. 

Never rush something essential.

_____________________________________________________________________________

I will slow down to go faster.

_____________________________________________________________________________

Our Father, I belong to the clan which prefers to leap before I look. Remind me as often as necessary not to rush essentials. Teach me how to slow down to go faster. Embed in my heart and mind the truth that slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Amen.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

CONNECT WITH ME!

Interested in learning more about Church Unique or Life Younique? Send a note through the Get In Touch box or Message me through the Facebook link above.

          Church Unique Logo          Auxano Logo

GET IN TOUCH!

READ MY BLOG!

Daily D – Psalm 57:2

Psalm 57:2 ”I call to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.“

Daily D – Psalm 56:3

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Daily D – Deuteronomy 8:12-18

Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Daily D – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“

Daily D – Deuteronomy 1:2-3

Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.