In business and in life, there’s nothing like a good plan in place to get you from where you are to where you want to be. We make plans because we want our time and energy to count. No one wants to live their lives feeling like they are “spinning their wheels.” I’ve heard it said, “Aim at nothing and you will hit it every time.” Those who make plans ultimately want to experience success.
In the book of Joshua, God gives young Joshua a leadership plan for how to best lead the Israelite people, now that Moses has just stepped down. Here’s the plan:
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 NLT
Here’s the breakdown of the plan:
1) Study – The “Book of Instruction” is God’s Word, the Bible. His challenge was not just to read the book, but to STUDY it. Too often, I’ve found myself just reading my Bible just so that I can say that I read God’s Word for the day. What if instead of reading the Bible, we started to slow down and study what is happening, what God is trying to say, and how I can apply it to my life? Let me encourage all of you to STOP READING your Bible, and to START STUDYING it.
2) Meditate – To meditate on something means to take it in and really put focus on it. I call these passages in the Bible “Nuggets”. Let me encourage you to ask God for a Nugget from His Word that you feel God is speaking to you specifically about. When it is revealed to you, write it down and focus in on it. Memorize it and speak out loud throughout your day. Let the Word of God become you!
3) Obey – To obey means TO DO what you are told TO DO. Real life change happens when we begin to take what we know to be true and begin to live it. Take each nugget that God gives you and ask Him for the wisdom, courage and strength to live it out in your daily life. Then…Just do it!
We might not always see success as the world sees it, but I promise you if you will follow God’s plan for living, you will begin to be successful in God’s eyes, and your life will be blessed (better off). Try it!
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