Act in Haste, …

The photographer for a well-known magazine was assigned to take photos of a great forest fire. The problem was that smoke at the scene hampered him. So he frantically called his home office to hire a plane. “It will be waiting for you at the airport!” he was assured by his editor.

As soon as he got to the small, rural airport, sure enough, a plane was warming up near the runway. So the reporter jumped in with his equipment and yelled, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” The pilot swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air.

“Fly over the north side of the fire,” said the photographer, “and make three or four low, level passes.” “Why?” asked the pilot. “Because I’m going to take pictures!” said the photographer with great exasperation. “I’m a photographer, and photographers take pictures!”

After a long pause, the pilot said, “You mean you’re not the instructor?!?”Cessna

Many times, in order to make the quickest decision possible, it can be easy to sacrifice our God-given wisdom for the sake of expediency. And all too often, the old adage applies: “Act in haste, repent at leisure.” When we rush to decide before we have the facts, bad choices often follow.

Yet the wisdom of scripture tells us that diligent planning and seeking the Lord’s will ultimately results in good decisions:

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” 

Proverbs 21:5

So instead of making decisions too quickly, first spend time praying and seeking wise counsel.


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