Updated: May 11
Bible verse: Proverbs 14:8 "The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways but the folly of fools is deception."
Insight: Giving thought to your "ways," may seem like the most obvious thing to do when you go through life. Of course, I'm not going to go bungee jumping if I don't want to. But, there is so much more to our ways that set us apart from deception. This Bible verse speaks on how we must use wisdom in all of our ways. This encapsulates more than just what we do, it speaks on how we do it, why we do it, where we do it, and the intention behind the action. The reality is that our lives can be a beautiful example of God's wisdom in our ways, or it can show how hard it is to do life without Him. We must truly seek guidance each day. Was that one conversation we had spiteful? Was that reaction when we were driving necessary? Did we mean to act in anger? The beauty of God's wisdom is that it comes from Him, the one who knows our imperfect hearts completely and still loves us so much. Ask yourself today, am I acting in God's ways or am I acting in my own.
Work application: Our ways at work are just as important as our ways outside of work. We make continuous decisions while we're at work. We make the decision to do a task in a certain way, speak to another co-worker, and we even make the decision on our attitude for the day. In our work lives we may ask ourselves, how are we handling this task? Are we doing it with excellence? Are we honoring others and ourselves with how we work? It may not be easy to put our flesh behind us and seek to honor God, but a God-honoring life is one that is worth the struggle. A good example of this would be going into work tired. We all have our days that feel more exhausting than others, but it is how we handle the tiredness that makes all the difference. Co-author Sarah Y. Tse shares in her latest book From Illusion to Reality, the importance of mental health and offers her proven tips such as getting seven hours of sleep, eating three nutritious meals a day, unplugging at the beginning and end of the day, and exercising to achieve career excellence and fuel your body. Instead of complaining about how exhausted we are all day, we can take a proactive approach by thanking God that He is with us on that workday and for the work He has given us in the first place. There is so much wisdom to be found in the discernment of God. There is much growth available if we only listen to His counsel.
Grateful: I am grateful that even when I stray from the wisdom of God, I am still so loved. He meets me where I'm at and guides me along in everything that I do.
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Contributor: Jessica Carrera holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University. She aspires to touch the lives of others through her words.