The world largely revolves around rules. Rules help us focus our behavior because of the direction they give. Here’s some good rules for you to live by:
- Wake up — decide to have a good day. “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
- Dress up — and put on a smile, which is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
- Shut up — and say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth; do twice as much listening as talking. “He who guards his mouth preserves his life” (Proverbs 13:3).
- Stand up — for what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).
- Look up — to the Lord. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
- Reach up — for something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- Lift up — your prayers. “… giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ …” (Ephesians 5:20).
Every parent knows how important it is to have rules with their children. God is a heavenly Father and wants to rule us for the sake of righteousness.