Pre-Active

Joshua 5:13 KJV: …Joshua …lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

It is not good to jump to conclusions without proper enquiry. “It often happens that things are other than what they seem, and you can get yourself into trouble by jumping to conclusions” (Paul Auster).

Perspective

1 Samuel 1:8,10 KJV

Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons? [10] And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord , and wept sore.

Don’t allow anybody to determine what is good enough or not for you. People look at life from their own perspective; don’t let somebody else’s perspective ruin yours. Determination is never a waste of time. “Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others” (Roy T. Bennett).

Sovereign

Matthew 11:2-3 KJV

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

 [3] And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Sometimes things happen that make us doubt the sovereignty of God in our lives. John the Baptist, who had been prophesied about in the Old Testament, definitely did not expect to spend his last days in a prison. However, no matter what, we can have faith that God is in control over all circumstances. “Trying to figure out God is like trying to catch a fish in the Pacific Ocean with an inch of dental floss” (Matt Chandler).

Secrets

John 7:8,10 KJV

Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

 [10] But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
No matter how close or not you are to someone, it is not everyone you should tell your plans to. Human beings are unpredictable, and if the paradigm in the relationship changes, they may use your secrets against you. “Be careful who you open up to. Only a few people actually care, the rest are just curious” (Unknown).

Quiet

Isaiah 50:4 KJV

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season

Proverbs 17:28 KJV

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise

“Perhaps the greatest communication strategy you can learn is to gain a solid instinct about when to speak—and conversely, to learn when words will simply get in your way (Cheryl Conner). “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking” (Bernard M. Baruch).

Words 

Proverbs 6:2 KJV

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Words are powerful. Words are such that it is not advisable to say things only to wish you hadn’t, because then the harm is already done. One can never take back one’s words, because words are the outward manifestation of a person’s heart. “Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there.” -Joel Osteen.

Lifestyle

1 Corinthians 5:1 KJV

It is reported *commonly* that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
Sometimes, though Christians, we do what even some ‘respectable’ unbelievers won’t do, hurting others in the process, and justify it by saying we are still a “work in progress”. This is what made Ghandi remark, “I like your Christ but do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” We are God’s workmanship so let us do our best to live as such.