Read the Instructions

imgres-1I just spent some time putting together a shelf for my office.  It went very smoothly until I put the piece together, tried to connect the sides and realized that something was wrong.  Quickly I realized that I had missed something in one of the early steps.  I reluctantly pulled out the instructions (for the first time), and realized that there is a step by step plan to put this shelf together quickly and completely.  I pulled everything that I had done apart, and began again, but this time, I followed the instructions.  The shelf is now in my office and functioning perfectly.

Does this sound like something you would do?  I hate to admit it, but its happened to me before.  I see something, I assume that it will be fairly simple to accomplish, and I start.  Whether it’s finding my way through a city or making something in the kitchen, I know the value of good instructions.  I’ve learned that when I follow the instructions the first time, it saves me time and energy.  When I don’t follow the instructions, I’m either forced to live with my mistake, or I use up valuable time and energy fixing something or finding my way.

Here are a couple of things that you SHOULD know:

*Before you begin, HAVE A PLAN.  Either follow the instructions, or create the process that you’re going to follow.  Picture the end result.  What will it take to accomplish that?  What steps need to be followed?  How will you experience success?

FOLLOW THE PLAN.  Many of us have plans or instructions, but we just don’t follow them.  Like me, the instructions are folded up in the packaging or sitting in the trash.  Instructions do you no good unless you read them.   Take the time to read them, to learn from them, to figure out if you can actually follow them correctly.

*If you’re having trouble, GET HELP.  Sometimes you can’t do it on your own.  Don’t be so proud that you won’t ask for help.  You don’t have to be able to do everything.  Do what you can do, then learn to rely on others to help you complete the task.

There’s a great passage from Psalms that says:

“By your words I can see where I’m going; They throw a beam of light on my dark path.”

We’ve been given a tool to help us to know how to live, how to love , how to serve and how to follow.  The Bible is our instruction book for life.

You’ve got all that you need to make it. Take some time to read the instructions first.

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