The Right Measure

I remember putting down linoleum in a bathroom in a house where we no longer live. The linoleum came in large peel and stick squares. There was an easy place to start where the edges of the room were straight. But I had to tile around curves or patterns in the room that required trimming the linoleum. It seemed right when I was cutting it, but it ended up crooked and needed to be patched. There were a couple of small and somewhat hidden spots that I tried to overlook in that bathroom when I was in there! If I had been more careful or had more experience, it could have turned out better.

A lot of the time we do what we think is right, but it turns out to be wrong. Proverbs 21:2 NIV reminds us that “A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.” What are some ways we can avoid the mistakes that come from following our own ways?

  1. Compare your ways to God’s Word. If your ways conflict with what the Bible has to say, then it’s wrong. 
  2. Get advice from godly people. Maybe you’re not clear on what the Bible has to say about a matter, or you could use someone else’s perspective.
  3. Pray about it. God hears our prayers! Often, I am more willing to change my ways after I pray about it. 

Lord, When You look at my heart, I want it to reflect You, not me. May I seek Your ways and do your will! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I am participating in the #hopewriterlife challenge this week. “Twenty-one” was today’s prompt.

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