TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY
Be Clear and Orderly
‘Ezra…brought the Law before…all who could hear with understanding…’Nehemiah 8:2
You will accomplish more through others than you will ever accomplish alone. But you’ll only do it if you’re able to give clear direction. The story’s told of a coach who always communicated his goal to his runners before the race. Just before the starter’s gun sounded he would say, ‘Stay to your left, and get back here as soon as you can.’ It doesn’t get any clearer than that! Ed Rowell says, ‘A dream is a better future in need of an architect who will show others how to make it a reality.’ So you must be an architect. You must identify the dream and be able to draw it, not only for your benefit but also for the benefit of others. If you create a fuzzy picture, people will follow you in a fuzzy way. Lack of clarity hinders initiative, inhibits persistence, and undermines follow-through. People don’t give their best to something they don’t understand. They don’t stay on course for something they cannot see. Nobody becomes motivated by something they kind of, sort of, believe in. The Bible says, ‘Let all things be done decently and in order’ (1 Corithians 14:40 NKJV). God is a God of order, and He honours our efforts when they are carried out in a clear and orderly way. God instructed the prophet Habakkuk, ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it’ (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV). If you are not clear as to your vision, seek God’s guidance, write down what He tells you, and communicate it to those you need to tell in a clear, step-by-step, orderly way.
TODAY'S PRAYER - FROM PRAYER FOR TODAY MAGAZINE
Lord, I pray for my neighbours and work colleagues who once knew You, but have lost their faith. As we approach this Christmas season, may the story of the incarnation remind them how much You love them, and may they choose to make a new start with You. Please give me opportunities to talk about You with those around me, and to encourage those who are thinking about reconnecting with a church community.About Prayer for Today
Consider holding a Christmas party for your neighbours this year
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