Daily D – Proverbs 19:2
Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. (NLT)
Ignorant zeal is worthless; haste makes waste. (MSG)
This is a good verse for the surgical team today. I want them to take their time and do their best work. I want them focused and precise.
Who else in our lives do we want to live and lead with focus and precision?
It would be really easy to start pointing metaphorical fingers here. As always, however, before we critique others, it does us well to consider ourselves. What do these simple instructions, focused and precise, say to me?
- Where do I need more self-discipline?
- What do I need to learn before beginning?
- What do I rush rather than follow procedure?
- What essentials require more focused attention?
The surgeon today is a focused, precise, and pleasant man. His attention to detail gives me confidence. He listens carefully to my questions, answers completely without extraneous detail, and asks if I have more questions. He then takes the necessary immediate next steps. I need to be more like him in certain areas of my life.
How about you? Where could you benefit from turning enthusiasm into focus and urgency into precision?
I will give urgent matters focus and precision.
Our Father, please empower me to live with focus and precision in all urgent matters. Remind me as often as necessary not to rush essentials. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”