Build A List Of Precepts


Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. — Proverbs 4:1-4

When I first read this, I admit that I read it with some regret. Two regrets, actually. The first, with the regret that I didn't have a father growing up who passed on precepts to me. The second, with the regret that I didn't pass on more precepts to my children. I found myself reflecting on what my kids might remember, if anything, of the precepts that I attempted to pass onto them. But then I caught myself. I saw a flaw in the logic of my regret — the assumption that it was "too late" to share precepts with my children. And it's not.

And then I remembered a precept that I often repeat, if not daily — "Live all in for Him who lived all in for you." 

Today spend a couple of minutes recalling those precepts or axiomatic statements you remember from your past. I am sure there is at least one that is worth passing on. And then start building your list. Write them down in a journal or post-it note. If you dare, share it in the comments below. Your precept might help others to build their own. And then while you are at it. Share one at least one time today with someone and get used to speaking it out loud so others will hear the precepts that drive your life.

ASK THIS: What's a precept or axiom you want others to remember?

DO THIS: Share it one time today. Start with sharing it in the comments below.

PRAY THIS: God, I choose to live by your precepts and share them with others.

PLAY THIS: Your Word - Hillsong Worship.


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Build A List Of Precepts

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44 thoughts on “Build A List Of Precepts

  1. Dave says:

    My dad always told me, “Give 10% away, save 10%, and live on the 80.
    Glad i did now that I’m retired

  2. Keith says:

    Respect is Earnt and never given. so work hard and be respectful to others as you would like to be respectful to you.

  3. Ron K says:

    Pray without ceasing.

    Third step prayer. …. God I offer myself to thee, to build with me, and do with me as you will. relieve me of the bondage of self that I can better do your will. take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of your power, your love, and your way of life. may I do your will always amen

  4. Debo Olukotun says:

    Thank you.
    I am leaving behind me the concept of hard work, disciplined modest life styles, principle of multi tasking and sense of responsibility for my children both biological and others under my care.

  5. Eye in the Sky says:

    Prov 3:6
    Acknowledge Him (God) in all your ways (not just some, not just many, but all) and He (God Almighty, our Creator, our Saviour) will direct our paths (God will actually control the circumstances of our future)l, our relationship, our usefulness to Him and oh so much more).
    Oh what joy and hope He gives!!!

  6. JW says:

    My father was (still is) great on precepts… One of my favorites: “Your word is your bond.” Which, in context, is so beautiful… in that His word (the “Word”) is His bond.

    • Eye from the Sky says:

      It’s good to keep your eyes in the skies, better to keep your eyes in His Word, but best to keep His Word in you!

    • Eye from the Sky says:

      It’s good to keep your eyes in the skies, better to keep (your eyes) in His Word, but best to keep His Word in you!

  7. Kevin says:

    Do not do anything today that you may regret tomorrow. Instead do what draws you closer to God and gives Him the glory.

  8. Ruben Garcia says:

    “Good Lord Willing” I say this every time I leave my family either for a weekend or just for the day.

  9. Steven E Gornik says:

    The golden rule (treat other as one wants to be treated) is not as impactful as platinum rule (treat other the way they want to be treated) as it shifts the focus to respect, thoughtfulness and empathy toward others. Great lesson for every marriage.

  10. Ryan says:

    Growing in holiness with our effort alone is impossible, but it is impossible to grow in holiness without our effort.

  11. Roger says:

    Always be humble and kind!
    Love without reservation or expectation!
    Don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it!

  12. Rusty Moore says:

    Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain! People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!

  13. Chuck Spencer says:

    If you make a mistake in life, it is called a mistake. But if you make the same mistake again it is called stupid. Live the Godly principled life.

  14. Tom says:

    Like Pastor Vince, I grew up without a father who’s desire was to bring me to Spiritual maturity. Because of this, it has always been difficult for me to bond with older men. It was partly because of them and partly because of me. But God has been ever faithful to bring me along, even when I came with fear and resistance. One day, The Holy Spirit spoke these words to me, and they created in me a passion to rest in Him. He said, “Talk less; Listen more; Assume nothing!” I have applied these words to my own life and shared them with my children, physical and spiritual. He who has ears to hear – Listen! May my ears become more sharply tuned to The Father’s voice and call.

    • SHELDON Bullard says:

      great words of encouragement. Talk less, Listen more, Assume nothing. I think if we all practice this we all would be better.

  15. Jay Fehr says:

    Do the right thing… the right thing may not get the results you want … but it’s still the right thing.

  16. Eric says:

    Yesterday is History
    Tomorrow is a Mystery
    Today is a Gift, that is why it is called the Present.
    We are a part of His Story (history broken apart)
    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expexcting different results each time.

  17. timothy martin says:

    I tell my son, when he goes to work “work honest”
    When he heads to school “Do what your supposed to do not what ya wanna do”
    My dad told me ” don’t buy things you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t know”

  18. Cory Baron says:

    God doesn’t need your help today Cory.
    His will, not yours Cory.
    Slow to speak, quick to listen, slow to get angry.
    Be still.
    Live all in!
    I am not who you say I am, I am who He says I am.
    I am redeemable.
    Serenity NOW!

  19. Paul B says:

    Don’t waste your time lusting for all the things other people have. That leaves you unhappy and filled with regret. Be happy with all the gifts God has given you, especially the those gifts of the spirit.

  20. Jack Dellinger says:

    Change is not change until it’s change. Ed Cole

    This means my good intentions do not matter until I put them into practice.

  21. Taylor says:

    Be consistently good not occasionally great! – you will go further if you are consistent in what you are doing rather the packing it in to one day every two weeks. Praying and connecting with God everyday is a lot better then asking for forgiveness, thanks and help for two weeks worth of problems at once!

  22. Terry Jones says:

    One prophetic word my heavenly father spoke to me a few years ago when I was struggling with several things in my life through a young prophetic person at church was this which really touched me deeply. He said I am not ashamed of you.

    • JW says:

      Wow. Growing up, (and still) I can think of nothing worse than knowing I disappointed my father. Good share Terry Jones. God’s grace is very important and comforting knowledge. -JW

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