I’ve been reminded of an important principle today while putting some lovely buckeye brown paint on the front door. If you want to paint a door right, you have to take off the hardware. Then, you paint the door. Lovely results today below on the painting, but then comes the hard part: putting the hardware back on!
That is the hard part. Taking things apart is always easier than putting them back together again.
Same principle goes for our lives: destroying our integrity, tearing up foundations or ruining relationships are all so easy to do. One careless word or thoughtless action can ruin years of building, especially in our covenantal relationships like marriage.
Of course, well-laid foundations in a relationship are harder to tear up than hastily laid ones, but the same general principle applies.
Proverbs 2: 10
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Only the foolish would ignore wisdom, shun knowledge and forget discretion. These things are like my front door house lock: they protect the things I treasure most, my family and my faith.
Do wisdom, knowledge and discretion protect your life?