Fresh Hope – Day 323

There are two types of people when it comes to opening a box containing a new gadget, device, appliance or piece of flat pack furniture.

There’s firstly the type that just rips off all the packaging and totally ignores the instruction to ‘read this carefully before doing anything’.

There’s no time to waste reading through a manual, when all you want is to see the product up and running. It’s so much quicker getting on with the job rather than wasting precious time deciphering all that information for dummies.

The second type of person is the one that carefully opens the box, lays everything neatly out and then makes a cup of tea. Whilst drinking the tea, they then sit back and read from cover to cover the instructions in order to fully understand what to do, what goes where and which way round it all goes.

We all know of course that the latter takes so much more time…but does it?

I have to admit that I’m in the first group, and I only look at the instructions after I’ve got five pieces still left from completing an IKea wardrobe.

I suppose I apply a simple principle that says: if I get it wrong, I’ll then read the instructions.

Over the years, I’ve come to understand that the words of the old proverb are really true…’More haste, less speed.’

In fact, the reality is that the slow starters in group two are going to not only finish quicker in the long run, but what they have established is going to last longer too.

Often, we just want to assemble our lives according to the law of ME. We want to see things quickly happen, so there’s no time to get wisdom or advice; but in the long run, what seems to be a head start, actually ends up as a false start.

Whether it’s a new phone, washing machine, car or wardrobe, the principle is still the same…’for best results follow the maker’s instructions’.

How much more should we apply that basic principle to life itself?

The maker’s instructions come in the form of the Bible, and then of course by listening to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit Himself.

Don’t rush ahead today, giving no thought, time or importance to God’s instructions for your best life, instead put the kettle on each morning, sit back and take in what He wants to say to you.

Read the Bible and pray every day.

You’ll find that instead of getting behind everyone else, you’ll actually get ahead and into the bargain will build something that will last.

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

BIBLE – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

Pastor Mark

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