Avoid Pitfalls

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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 21:1-22:31, Hebrews 10:1-17, Psalm 108:1-13, Proverbs 27:12

Daily Verse: “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” Prov. 27:12

Avoid pitfalls.

Wise people see danger ahead and hide from it, but the simple head straight for it. Mature people develop a wariness, while inexperienced youth quickly stumble into the pitfalls of life.

Meant to motivate the naive, today’s verse shows the importance of learning. Remaining teachable allows us to grow from life’s experiences and avoid the same mistakes. Fool me once; shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me.

Learning from our mistakes means honest self-evaluation. Identifying the failure helps us avoid it in the future. When I landed in the pitfall of credit card debt, the problem came from swiping the card instead of paying cash. To fix the issue and learn from my mistakes, I stopped using credit and only bought what I could afford with money.

Maturing takes effort, but with it comes less strife as we learn to avoid the pitfalls of life. Remaining teachable, regardless of age, helps you continue maturing, avoiding life’s pitfalls, and enjoying a smoother journey.

Lord, forgive us for not learning from our mistakes. Please help our hearts remain teachable, molding and growing us with each lesson. Let us represent You well as we mature, traveling through life on the straight and narrow with You.  IJNIP. Amen

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