Do It Right The First Time!

The class was excited to meet the new art teacher. Waiting expectantly for their first assignment, the teacher stood before the class and said, “I want each of you to draw a square, a triangle, and a rectangle. And I want you to do your best.” 

After a few minutes, she began to walk among the students and observe their work. Pausing to look at the work Bobby was doing, she noticed that his lines were not straight. 

“Look, Bobby,” she said, “that line isn’t straight.” 

“I know,” he admitted, “but I can straighten it later.”  

“Bobby,” she replied, “a straight line never needs to be straightened. Do it right the first time!” 

The Psalmist wrote, “I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your law.” In this psalm, the author reveals two critical decisions: first, to be faithful to God’s laws and, second, not to be deterred from being faithful and fully committed to keeping God’s commandments. He said emphatically, “I am determined!”  

God has given each of us the wonderful gift of choice. In this psalm, the author said that he made one decision that would guide every other decision he would ever make. 

If our decisions are grounded in the teachings of God’s Word, we will not need to go back and “straighten the lines of our lives.” May God’s Word light our paths and guide our steps. 

Prayer:  We pray, Lord, that our decisions are guided by Your Word so that our lives will be well-pleasing to You. May we live lives of integrity and honesty. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today:  I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. Psalm 119:30 

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