Five {31 Days of Wisdom}

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.

I have a son who has trouble paying attention and often the result is, he misplaces things.

It’s the little things like homework, toys, socks and shoes.  But it’s a reminder that if we don’t pay attention and be careful, it’s very easy to misplace things.

It can happen to anyone.

We can misplace things and not even realize it until we’ve lost something dear.

Misplacing our steps can lead us to a place we never thought we would find ourselves.

When we fix our gaze on things that look so good and will taste good for a time, like the sweet drip of honey, we lose sight of the One who desires to keep our feet planted on what will be good for eternity.

Misplaced footsteps.

Misplaced honor. Treasuring what never belonged to us in the first place.

Misplaced obedience.

Misplaced love.

Looking at what will feel like love to us and obeys the cries of flesh rather than the One who loved us first.

Our love is cheap when you think of it.  It’s easy to take it from Him without realizing it and give it away to someone or something undeserving.

And though our rejection of Him isn’t so obvious…at least right away, it plays itself out through the ways we reject those around us.

Choosing what we love over who we love.  Choosing us over them.

Some call it idolatry. And in the book of Hosea it’s played out in a story of adultery.  Either way it’s starts in the same place.

It’s easy to look at Proverbs 5 and think Thank God this doesn’t apply to me.

I haven’t committed adultery with a man but I certainly been unfaithful.  I haven’t forsaken my marriage vows but I’ve been unfaithful to my God. I have loved others more than Him.  I’ve loved things created more than the One who created me. I have misplaced my footsteps onto my way and not His.

Today I am thankful for God’s unfailing love.  His faithfulness is not contingent upon mine.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. {Deuteronomy 7:9}

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On Becoming Faithful: Margin

Many of my friends have taken to choosing one word for the year and I’ve loved hearing how there are lessons and gleanings found everywhere. From the Bible, to sermons, to hearing things around the table, in articles, blogs, books and music.  God has creative ways of uncovering these things for us.

The lessons on becoming faithful began early on for me and lest I forget them, I’d better get to recording them.  The first lesson I learned is:

Faithfulness requires a margin.

If I’m going to learn how to be faithful, I need to decide to what it is my faithfulness is not required.  Are there things I am doing that I should not be doing?  Are there responsibilities I have taken on that are not mine for the taking?  Do I have time and space to stop and think, process and pray about what it is I believe I am hearing?

God’s word is living and active. He still speaks today. 

But do I make room to hear?  If He is the One in whom I look to for direction of my steps, do I make room to notice?

Clearly, I have not. Otherwise the lesson would not have come over me like a ton of bricks.  So, I find myself as the first quarter of 2012 comes to near end, contemplating what clutter needs to be cleared in order to create the margin required.

How do you create and make sure there is a margin in your life?