PRUDENCE : Think , Decide, Act
Have you said or done something in your office lately that you regretted afterwards? When you make spontaneous decisions, often you will look back at the consequences and regret the decisions.
The person you hurt is somebody’s loved one. If you cannot do things to help that person, do nothing to harm them (Galatians 6:10; Hebrews 13:16; Philippians 2:3-4). They are loved… and the hurt imposed upon them will affect wives, husbands, a son or daughter, brother, sister, friend, etc. (Esther 3:13-15; 2 Samuel 13:10-29).
Many don’t think about the consequences of their actions and some don’t even care. People like this cause much harm, creating a lifetime of pain and grief.
American author Ernest Hemingway penned these words, “Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try.”
Below are some helpful reminders:
1) Before you let out angry words, count from 1 to 100.
2) Before you eat, think of the unwanted calories and pounds.
3) Before you judge someone, look in the mirror.
4) Before you post a message on your social networking site, think about how others will receive and perceive it.
5) Before you go on a vacation, do your work first.
6) Before you get too busy with other things, spend time with God in prayer and Bible meditation.
7) Before you make a major decision, consult worthy advisers. Before you make a commitment, count the cost.
“Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it.”
Instead of feeling like a failure when you make a mistake, use the failure as a weapon to take back control of your life. Do not make excuses however, allowing your failures to be a reason for you to continue making mistakes. Try to slow down and think about what you are doing before you act.
Thoughts from John:
I’m responsible for my actions. But I have a lot less control over outcomes than I would like. When I find that I’m doing what I don’t want to do, I need to re-examine my center. Where have I built my foundation?
It’s not until you cut a diamond that you see the impurities. It’s not until you use a sword that you become aware of its craftsmanship. It’s not until you run a piece of software that you see its bugs.
“An error at the beginning is an error indeed.” – Thomas Aquinas
What is one area where you’ve allowed the demands of expediency overwhelm what you know to be right? Can you reconcile what you’ve done with what you believe? How are you going to fix it?