Stop and think, then act

Stop and think, then act

“I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”

Proverbs 24:30-34 NLT

 

I love a simple sentence in this piece of scripture – “ then as I looked and thought about it – I learned this lesson”.

These are the words of King Solomon – the King of Israel sharing on how to apply divine wisdom and moral instruction to daily life.

This simple piece is the essence of self- control  “stop, think and then act”.

We act in our society as though everything is an emergency and requires immediate attention and response.

Short of an actual disaster we all do well to stop for 30 seconds and think before; wrong words come out of our mouth, we push past a moral boundary in an inappropriate relationship, we buy an impulse purchase or we maybe choose to do nothing and ignore the chance to serve someone in need.

Today take the pause before you respond, and think about how you will use your influence today. Seek to act with grace, kindness and humility.

 

“I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”

Proverbs 24:30-34 NLT