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Haste Makes Oops
by Sheldon Bass 
03/20/13
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The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of everyone that is hasty only to want. (Proverbs 21:5 KJV)

Living according to the Bible not only draws a person close to the Lord, but also helps us avoid many mistakes and regrets.

One thing I need reminded of often is to not make decisions in haste or to act before I've had time to consider all possible out comes of my actions. Many times it is the words that escape our mouths that we wish could be taken back. I've had my foot in my mouth more times than I care to remember.

There are many community volunteer positions and responsibilities that are offered to me on a regular basis. My heart wants to do nearly everything that comes along that will be of service to others, yet taking on too much only reduces my effectiveness, spreading my abilities to thin. I made the same mistake again recently.

Before researching all that the position would involve and the time needed to perform those duties effectively, I allowed myself to be talked into one particular position, which caused my primary ministries to suffer. Even the regular Sunday School Lessons I teach showed that I had not taken my usual amount of time to prepare.

Before long, frustration over not having the time to do all I was involved in well took a toll on my attitude. Fortunately I caught myself before snapping at my wife when she interrupted me in the middle of preparing an important document, causing me to lose my train of thought. She noticed my frustration and encouraged me stop and evaluate my dilemma. Together, we both took our burdens to the Lord, and had a wonderful time reading the Bible and being reminded to always act according to the wisdom of His word.

Thank you Lord, that you know all things, and that you do all things well. Praise you Father for leading us to wise actions and words. Help us to remember that we can never afford to skip our daily time with you in prayer and Bible Study, taking time to reflect on your wisdom and putting you first. Forgive us for acting in haste. Please help us to think before we speak. In Jesus' name, amen.



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Anthony Green 20 Mar 2013
Good morning. One thing I have learned is to follow an old Jewish tradition. Before making any decisions I always wait and pray for three days. It has prevented a lot of misery. God bless you.




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