Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; Afterward build your house and establish a home. ~Proverbs 24:27 (AMP)
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When I think about the work of ministries and nonprofits, this verse excites me. But, how often do we plan big, great things, but we forget to do the little things to get us ready for the great things?
The Book of Proverbs is full of wisdom-filled life principles that we can use to guide our daily work. A principle is something we can always count on, something that doesn’t change from situation to situation. While some would like to think that principles are absolutes or promises, we should note that they aren’t promises. But, instead they should guide us in our daily work and walk with Christ.
As I read the verse above, I imagine a land filled with trees and undergrowth that need to be cleared before it can be built on. None of us would ever think of building a house on top of the trees and rocks. Instead, we would work to get it ready. The work within nonprofits and ministries is exactly the same. Time must be spent clearing the rocks, trees, and brush before we are ready to build!