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Ponder the Path of Your Feet

January 22, 2014

Woman walking on the sandbeachMy wife and I are reading through the book of Proverbs together, it’s a book found in the Old Testament of the bible, written by King Solomon and its full of wisdom.

Last night we read chapter 4 and it blew me away. Check this out:

Let your eyes look directly forwards, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

I love that phrase: Ponder the path of your feet. It strikes me that this is something that we can struggle to do.

It seems that this well rehearsed ignorance to the path of our feet is synonymous with youth, although it’s not exclusive to young people.

It’s that attitude that seems blissfully unaware that the choices we make today have an impact on our future. Wisdom recognises that the things I do set my feet on a path, and to ponder that path is to ask myself this question; “How will this action impact my future? What is the destination of this path that is before me?”

Let me just give you 3 examples of when it’s a good idea to ponder the path of your feet:

ipnosi-pc1. That moment when you find yourself looking at something on the internet that you know you shouldn’t be. You might convince yourself that it’s OK, that no harm will come from these next few minutes, and you might not see too much damage being caused by this gentle and “easily-controllable” habit, but ponder the path of your feet and pay attention to its destination. It’s a slippery path that can lead to ruined relationships, failed marriage, more intense and perverse addiction, and tragically this path can and has lead to sexual abuse – not just with you as a victim but even with you as a perpetrator – if you don’t believe me read the news.

Web_of_Lies_by_dandanchicken2. That moment when you find yourself lying about something. Again you might convince yourself it’s no big deal – it’s just that tiny white lie, no harm will come from it and it’s true you might not see too much damage being caused by this gentle and “easily-forgettable” lie, but ponder the path of your feet. I know a lady who many years ago started with a white lie about being hearing impaired – a few years later in desperation to get more attention this dear friend had entangled herself in a web of lies – to the point where her physical hearing was impaired. She had lied so much it seemed that it started to work.

6a00e553f2d68588340133f5cbe34f970b3. That moment when you allow an angry / bitter thought to take root in your heart. You tell yourself that you are right to feel angry and that forgiveness is out of the question. Maybe it’s true maybe you are a victim to someone’s sinful behaviour, but ponder the path of your feet; bitterness and unforgiveness if left unchecked is a dangerous and fast growing weed that can suck the life out of you. Yes it’s true you might be the victim but if you don’t allow forgiveness to be your antedote then bitterness will ruin you – bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die

There’s so many examples we could explore here of how we can so easily and naively engage with activities that will have a huge impact on our lives but I think you get the idea.

This biblical advice to ponder the path of your feet is profound wisdom, whether you are a Christian or not.

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