Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Principle Of The Path - Part 2

It's time again for some further reflection on Andy's book. The central passage for the entire book is found in Proverbs ...

"The prudent (wise) see danger and take refuge, but the simple (naive) keep going and suffer for it." Proverbs 27:12 (NIV)

The wise person understands that all of life is connected (there is a cause-and-effect relationship between what we choose today and what we experience tomorrow).

The wise person asks, "In light of my past experience, and my future hopes and dreams, what's the wise thing to do?" The naive live as if life is disconnected. They don't necessarily believe that to be the case but they live as if it's true.

The primary difference between the two is not what they see but how they respond to what they see. The prudent act as if then is now; as if the future is the present. The simple respond as though tomorrow will always be tomorrow. The simple suffer for refusing to act on what they see. They overlook the fact that every path has a destination.

So with that in mind, what do you do and what should you expect? Andy gives us two clear thoughts ...

What To Do: Do Something - Act on what you see!

What To Expect: Embarrassment (you may look silly or fearful) & Relief

He closes with this powerful prayer ... "Lord, help us to see trouble coming long before it gets here. And give us the wisdom to know what to do and the courage to do it."

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