Follow The Rule Book
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
Imagine saving your hard earned money to go to a big sporting event like the Superbowl or World Series. And right before the game starts, the announcer says that for this game, there is no rule book; every player will play by their own individual rules. There would be so much chaos and disorder on the field that you’d walk out and demand to get your money back.
Unfortunately, that’s how many people live their lives. They make up their own rules of what’s right, wrong, good, bad, proper or inappropriate. They are guided by their own thoughts and feelings, and the opinions of others, which can change like the weather. Even as Christians, all too often our “default response” to life is: “How do I feel about that? What do others think and feel? What’s the consensus of society?” And later we wonder how our lives got so chaotic and messy.
God provided us with a “rule book for life” dedicated to His wisdom…the application of His principles and commands to our daily situations. And He instructs us to keep His Rule Book in our “hearts“, i.e., our mind, character, inner self, will and intentions. When the Rule Book becomes part of normal mindset and actions, we’ll experience more peaceful days than chaotic ones.
In the “sporting event” of your daily life, are you playing with the Rule Book or are you playing by your feelings? Or are you depending on the opinion of others to help you cross the goal line of life? If you are encountering more chaos than peace, its time for a different game plan, and to apply His Rule Book to your heart.