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Think Before You Do

Yolo. C'est la vie. Que sera sera. Carpe diem. Tons of phrases share the same universal theme: Live in the moment. But many times, when we’re living in the moment we aren’t weighing the cost of doing without thinking.

Whether we’re retaliating against someone on social media, rushing headlong into an important financial decision, or beginning a DIY project that requires more time than we can give, it is wise to slow down and think before taking action. Without a plan, it is hard to visualize the outcome.

When Nehemiah is chosen by God to complete the task of reconstructing the wall of Jerusalem, he doesn't just rush into a construction project of this magnitude. He assesses the damage, speaks with people, and comes up with a plan.

God has created all of us with a plan and a purpose (Ephesians 2:10). You may not be building any walls this week, but chances are there’s a problem, decision, or burden that feels as big as a wall. Like Nehemiah, we can benefit from taking some time to assess the situation, speak to others who love us and love Jesus, and devise a plan before moving forward.

If we don't know where we're going, we can get lost, uninterested, and eventually give up. But if we’ll pause long enough to include God in our plans and put Him first, we will reach potential we never knew was possible.


  • Is there a burden God has put on your heart to do something about?
  • What are some steps you take this week to start planning how to turn that burden into a reality?
  • What’s one thing you can do this week to put God first in your plans?


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