The Power of Being Careful

Any smart traveler knows the value of knowing where they are heading. You can’t reach a place you haven’t aimed for. Familiar landmarks along the way give you the added assurance that your journey is on schedule, and on target.

Life poses similar problems. We oftentimes find ourselves lost and on the wrong path to where we hoped our life would lead us. We wanted to change the world, but instead the world has changed us. Perhaps we need to get our bearings; chart a new and more fulfilling course that will end in happiness.

David offered us some excellent advice in his first Psalm. In the very first verse, he laid out three landmarks to look for in our daily lives. These indicate the kind of person we ought to be, giving us a chance to self-correct before our dreams are derailed.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (Psalm 1:1)

Let make note of three points of interest in the verse. Finding your happiness is dependent upon your Latitude, your Attitude and your Gratitude.

   Your Latitude:

“Walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly”. This warns us of monitoring our latitude, or the people around us. Are the people around us building us up, or tearing us down? Are they stunting your growth and redirecting your focus? Are these the people that will walk with you to promise and hope? Many a traveler has been shackled by the chains of an ill-advised friendship.

    Your Attitude:

“Nor standeth in the way of sinners”. This talks of our responsibility to others. We need to be careful that our behavior and sour attitude isn’t the cause of someone else’s struggles. We will be held accountable for what we do in this life. It is an interview with the Creator Himself, and I am quite sure that becoming a stumbling block to others is not a good entry on your resume.

     Your Gratitude:

“Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” The final piece of advice from David concerns your ability to fully appreciate what God has done for you..It shouldn’t take long to peal back the events of the day and find something to rejoice over. It should become standard practice in you life to be counting blessings, not lamenting bruises.

The Christian that can put these strategies into practice is considered “blessed” by David’s standard. His promise: “Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3)

Being careful, being disciplined takes effort and commitment. The benefits, however, clearly outweigh the drawbacks.

Yes, it’s time for you to take stock of who you are, and who you should be. Close that gap and carve out a new and happier life for yourself.