Do it right!

This is so true. Being consistently accurate, dependable and just always, yes always, doing things R I G H T is hard. Don’t get that confused with perfect but rather R I G H T.

Doing it R I G H T means doing it appropriately based on the situation. To me that includes:

Best, Well, Good, Decent, Quality Job #1, Usually above expectation and always ensuring it, Ethical, As you would expect done unto you, Proper, and Professional.

My father often said and instilled in me:

“If you are going to so something, do it right or don’t do it at all.”

Kenneth I Booher

What else does doing it right mean to you? Meaningful comments cherished.

Word of the year 2022 – STEADFAST

I have been focusing on one word for the year.

Except, last year I had two as ABIDE grew out of my scripture vs of the year along with OPTIMIZE.

This year, its the word STEADFAST.

Its a a great habit to focus and dig mighty deep and regularly focus on a word.

This year, I am able and shall integrate my word of the year with my Scripture verse of the year.

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].

1st Corinthians 15:58, Amp

Of that verse, I am focusing on this segment:

“Be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord”

and from that

“Be steadfast”

These verses are complimentary:

Psalms 57:7 My heart is steadfast (confident, ready, committed) O God, my heart is steadfast andconfident! I will sing, yes, I will sing praises [to You]!

Hebrews 6:19 AMP This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],

Psalms 112:7 He will not fear bad news; His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the LORD.

Isaiah 26:3 AMP “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].

Psalm 51:10 AMP Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.

2 Peter 3:17 AMP Therefore, [let me warn you] beloved, knowing these things beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men [who distort doctrine] and fall from your own steadfastness [of mind, knowledge, truth, and faith],

Psalms 119:5 ESV “Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!”

Ruth 1:18 “When she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.”

Colossians 4:2 ESV “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Act 7:55 KJV “But he (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly (intently) into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

SteadFast to me means:

Stead: Steady, Reliable, Constant, Consist, Sturdy, Faithful, Dependable

Fast: Quick, Agile, Run, Accelerator

Therefore, I am remaining Steadfast with continual improving; kaizen.

What’s your word and/or verse of the year?

Share it in comments if you dare.

The plans of the diligent… -Proverbs 21:5

Berean Study Bible Version

Other versions

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance and advantage,

But everyone who acts in haste comes surely to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5, AMP

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,

but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5, NLT

Related Scriptures

Proverbs 10:4
Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 13:4
The slacker craves yet has nothing, but the soul of the diligent is fully satisfied.

Proverbs 19:2
Even zeal is no good without knowledge, and he who hurries his footsteps misses the mark.

Proverbs 28:22
A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty awaits him

Select Commentary

Pulpit Commentary
Verse 5. – The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness. Patient industry is rewarded by a certain increase (comp. Proverbs 12:11; Proverbs 13:11; Proverbs 14:23).

Says an English maxim,

“Diligence is a fair for tune, and industry a good estate,”

The Greek gnomists have said tersely –

“To him who labours all good things accrue
The man who labours God himself assists.”

But of every one that is hasty only to want. Diligence is contrasted with hastiness. The hasting to be rich by any, even nefarious, means (Proverbs 20:21; Proverbs 28:20) will bring a man to poverty. There are numerous proverbs warning against precipitancy, which will occur to everyone: Festina lente;

“More haste, less speed;”

My Pondering

Apparently Benjamin Franklin had this Scripture in mind when he coined the rhyme:

“Take time for all things.

Great haste, makes great waste”

Benjamin Franklin

And I adore this great quote by the legendary Hoosier:

“Be quick but not in a hurry”

John Wooden

and this one too:

“Measure twice, cut once”

Anonymous

There is good balance required in all successful endeavors, including this topic.

“Be as quick as you can but not faster than you should”

Kirk Booher (an original – at least semi 😉

Small thing strength

Small, faithful and subtle can things make a big impact over time. Take for example water. It can cut through mountains and forge rivers. You can also soak stuff in it to make it pliable.

Another great example is the mighty atom. Split it over and over and we have ginormous power.

A third is the power of small consistent habits.

I highly recommend the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.

No limits? Yes limits!

My Pondering

Positive thinking crushes negative every day but ‘No Limits’? please

How about less limits and greater accomplishment, if you think it such?

Not NO LIMITS by YES LIMITS!

Example:
I really want to play basketball 🏀 on the squad with my #1 Boilers, but as much as I think about, Coach Painter won’t suit me up.

Do you think the top of my noggin at 5’9″, 54 yr old me thinking about all day and night will make it so?

I get the point and realize its a paradigm but still…we can always influence reality but we can’t create it. Ultimately, we work with what we got.

💭 Positive Real Thinking 💭

Sometimes you just got to let go…

The story is told about a man who was collecting eggs from a nest on the side of a very steep cliff. As he carefully approached the nest, he slipped and started to slide over the edge of the cliff. At the last second, he was able to grab a branch and stop his plunge to the valley below. Dangled over the precipice, hundreds of feet in the air, he screamed, “Help me! Somebody help me!”

A voice came out of the sky, “Do you believe I can help you?” The man responded, “Yes, I believe. Please help me!”

The voice came out of the sky again. “Do you believe I have the power to help you?” “Yes, I believe! I believe! Please help me!”

“Do you believe I love you enough to help you?” “Yes, I know You love me. Please, oh please, HELP ME!” “Because you believe, I will help you. Now let go.”

After a brief silence, the man said, “Is there anybody else up there?”

What the man didn’t realize is that he was only hanging a couple feet above a flat surface.

God doesn’t always make sense, does He? Throughout Scripture and church history, He has asked people to do things that don’t make sense—such as let go of whatever they were holding on to for dear life. He asked Abraham to let go of Isaac and the promise of a blessed generation. He asked Ruth to let go of familiarity and her homeland in exchange for the unknown. He asked Joseph to let go of judgment and suspicion when Mary became pregnant.

God may be asking you to let go of something you hold dear—a person, a job, or perhaps a mindset—because He knows in letting go, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate great faith.

And great faith always produces a great return. Is God prompting you to trust Him with something today?

Letting go may be the very thing that will take you to the next step toward your destiny.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

As Solomon reminded us so well, there is a time for this and a time for that but at all times, it’s a time to trust God.