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From the DayBreaks Archive, 4/01/2005:
Although New Years day is long gone (can you believe that Christmas is less than 9 months away?!?!) and your New Year’s resolutions have probably gone by the wayside, lists can be good. We use lists all the time, or we buy organizers to carry with us so that we don’t forget things. And even our cell phones can be programmed with appointments and schedules. Lists help you remember what to get at the grocery store or the hardware store. Here’s what Max Lucado had to say about lists, and then a list he suggests we should use as a guide to life:
“The Bible certainly has its share of lists. Moses brought one down from the mountain. Noah might have used one as he loaded the ark. Jesus gave a list of principles in the Sermon on the Mount. (Paul gave his version in Romans 12.) Matthew and Luke listed the genealogies of Jesus. John listed the splendors of heaven. But the greatest day of lists is still New Year’s Day. And the number one list is the list I call the Laws of the Lighthouse.
“The Laws of the Lighthouse contain more than good ideas, personal preferences, and honest opinions. They are God-given, time-tested truths that define the way you should navigate your life. Observe them and enjoy secure passage. Ignore them and crash against the ragged rocks of reality. Herewith, then, are the lights I look for and the signals I heed:
* Love God more than you fear hell.
* Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
* Make major decisions in a cemetery.
* When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
* Succeed at home first.
* Don’t spend tomorrow’s money today.
* Pray twice as much as you fret.
* Listen twice as much as you speak.
* Only harbor a grudge when God does.
* Never outgrow your love of sunsets.
* Treat people like angels; you will meet some and help make some.
* ‘Tis wiser to err on the side of generosity than on the side of scrutiny.
* God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.
* When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart.
* Toot your own horn and the notes will be flat.
* Don’t feel guilty for God’s goodness.
* The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number.
* Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
* Live your liturgy.
“To sum it all up:Approach life like a voyage on a schooner. Enjoy the view. Explore the vessel. Make friends with the captain. Fish a little.”
Let’s go fishing!
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for teaching us simple lessons and for the wisdom You give to Your servants! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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