Measure Twice, Cut Once

June 18, 2020

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Written by Dan Hall from the Brentwood Campus

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Measure twice, cut once”? This phrase refers to doubling down on preparation prior to action. Measuring and assessing twice reduces the risk of mishaps or mistakes. Carpenters rely on measurements, because without reliable guidance mistakes are sure to happen. Even the most successful and experienced carpenter would never trust his own perception over an exact measurement. I would much rather invest in a home built by someone who used exact measurements, because it gives me confidence that the foundation and structure will weather the times to come.

Without question, we’ve learned from recent events that life can resemble a storm of uncertain outcomes and unexpected complications. Areas in which we previously felt supremely confident are now places where we feel hesitant and vulnerable. We are coming to understand that self-reliance is more of a perception than a reality. Most likely, many of us have discovered cracks within our foundations that were surprising and concerning.

But we must also remember that great revelation is accompanied by a great opportunity to mend or rebuild foundations based on new insight. Living within the midst of a storm or trial does not mean the construction of a firm foundation must be halted until the threat is over. In fact, the clarity from a trial or life storm can provide the best opportunity to build a formidable foundation that will stand strong in both the storms of today and those to come. Building a formidable foundation requires that we shed our self-reliant nature and instead invest in the sure and exact measure of life: the authority of Jesus Christ.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Are you viewing the recent events of our lives as an opportunity to build or mend your foundation of faith?
  2. Do you have difficulty releasing control of and trust in the things in your life? Do you have difficulty submitting yourself to Christ? If so, why?
  3. Progress is complemented and expedited by capitalizing on the opportunities to grow when they come our way. Are you using your past and current trials constructively?
  4. Are there ways within your daily walk where you might incorporate a “measure twice, cut once” mentality by assessing areas of faith repeatedly prior to action?

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