Guard your heart, avoid obstacles, plan ahead and stay the course!
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
Let your eyes look directly forward,
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 these verses because they so clearly outline what we must do and not do as we live our lives. I also find it interesting and hugely significant that 3 things come before you plan your steps.
- Guard your heart
- Avoid obstacles (perverse & corrupt speech)
- Look ahead “fixing your eyes” on Jesus
- Now you can make those plans.
Once you are done, don’t get sidetracked! Stay the course, and always keep Philippians 4:13 tucked away in your heart.
I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength. (NCV)