Every action we do today can become a habit we take into our future, so for that reason, I believe we should be making positive choices to prepare for the lives we dream of. For example, if I want to run a Fortune 500 company and be entrusted with a significant amount of capital, I should begin exercising wisdom with the small amount of money I’ve been entrusted with today. If I want raving fans and a large following in the future, I need to start by using my current level of influence well. If I long to serve nations, I can practice my serving my family, friends, and community.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV)
I encourage you to go back and read this whole story in context – what a great sermon illustration!
In recent conversations with friends, we realized that we have felt as though we’ve had one foot on the rock and one foot on the sand. Because both feet haven’t been securely planted on a solid foundation, we’ve felt wobbly and a little off-kilter. It was amazing to talk with my dear friends about how we’ve been going through the motions and not fully applying God’s Word to our lives daily. We promised each other that we would start again that day.
As I began praying deeply on this subject, the Lord began to stir some things up in my heart, one of them being the importance of prayer. I want everything I do to be saturated in prayer. I see myself walking through office buildings praying before the doors open, praying over cubicles and staff members. I see each product or book launch be filled with time in prayer, those precious moments being just as important as those spent with designers and strategists. I want to pursue God-ideas not just good ideas, a distinction that is revealed through prayer and wise counsel.
So, in the spirit of wanting to build a solid foundation, we’re going to take a good, hard look at prayer for the next 31 days and see what happens. I’m excited and expectant about the change that will take place in our lives over the next month!
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