A Proverb a Day… Day 19

Read Proverbs 19

I thoroughly enjoy taking personality tests. I love learning about myself and why and how I process things, but more than that, I want to know about others. My co-workers and I all have our personality types hung up in our work spaces, which is a great conversation starter. We often talk about our personalities and how they interact with each other. If you want to learn about your personality 16 personalities is a great test that gives you a break-down of your Meyers Briggs type. I would love to know more about you and your personality type! Let me know in the comments which type you are!

Every personality test I’ve taken has shown me just how much of a thinker or contemplator or planner I am. When you ask me a question, I often need a few moments to think about my answer before I give it. I hate going first, I always want to go last, or at least toward the end of the list. I like to take in all the information I can before I open my mouth. To some this appears as inactivity, but they don’t see the wheels turning in my brain and the connections that I’m making when I take a moment to pause.

Haste makes waste.

These were the three words that stood out to me in today’s Proverb. I would love to have that embroidered on a shirt or pillow or make a sign of it. That way, when I see people spinning their wheels unnecessarily, creating more work and unnecessary mess, I could direct them to this phrase.

Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you stopped caring about efficiency? In those moments, when we’re feeling rushed and pressured and frantic and stressed, I think it’s most important to pause. I think that by taking an intentional moment to think and breathe we could solve a plethora of problems for ourselves in the future.

Are you rushing and striving and hustling in any areas of your life? Are your frantic in finances? Rushed in relationships? Buried in business? If any of those describe you, I encourage you to take a moment today and pause. I know it’s counter-intuitive, but just give it a try; what do you have to lose? Before you make another decision, before you take another hurried step, take a breath. Pause and pray and invite God into your next step. Then move forward from a place of rest and peace.

For more on this subject read Present over Perfect

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