Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:3
It's May, and you know what that means. Summer vacation from school. YES! It might also mean graduation for some of you — or the youngsters in your life. So, we decided to dedicate all of the Good Word Fridays in May to the graduating class of 2019. (We're especially thinking about the high school and college graduates, as they face many course-altering decisions ahead.)
What does a grad need? Advice, of course!
Where's the best place to get advice? The Book of Proverbs. All our May scriptures are coming to you from Proverbs (a.k.a. life's little instruction manual).
Our first pick is Proverbs 16:3. It says, "Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established."
Many young folks embarking on adulthood have some kind of plan for their life — some have only a rough sketch, while others have a 3D model. Some know what they want to do for a living, while others aren't so sure. Some want to pursue lofty dreams, while others just want to pay the bills. All of these ambitions have merit.
Today's verse tells us that whatever you decide to do with your life, make sure it aligns with God's standards. It means making choices that allow you to serve God. It may mean asking questions like these:
Is this roommate going to be a good influence or not?
If I relocate to a different city, will it help or hinder my ability to work for God?
Is this course of study grounded in morals and values that God is pleased with?
Will this career interfere with my ability to serve God or not?
If I marry this person, will he or she serve God with me?
Does this decision help me keep God at the center of my life?
Today's verse says that when we make plans that allow us to serve God, then God will establish those thoughts — and turn them into reality. What an inspiring promise!
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