The 80/20 Principle
Posted: Monday, November 27
The most common question I hear as a pastor is this:
‘What is God’s will for my life?’
It’s easy for me to relate.
· Where should I go to school?
· What should I study?
· Where should I work?
· Where should I live?
· Who should I date?
· Who should I marry?
The good news is God provides us a path, and he provides us a light. To access these, we must simply turn to the word.
The 80/20 principle is applied to many scenarios in life but I recently heard Rick Warren apply it to God’s will and it made great sense to me. If you'll do the 80 percent of God's will that's clear in the Bible, he'll show you the 20 percent that's not clear.
Love your neighbor. Spend time in God's Word. Talk to God in prayer. Spend time with God's people. Love your family. Love your kids. Protect the way that you speak to people. Be kind in your relationships. Be patient. Do the 80 percent that’s clear, and God will show you the rest.
When we are consistently in God’s word we are better equipped to sift through the advice of Godly friends and the promptings we receive from the Holy Spirit. Why? Because true Godly advice and promptings will always align with the word.
I find it helpful that we’re told God’s word is a lamp. Often it is not a searchlight illuminating miles ahead. God’s word doesn’t give us all the details of how our decisions will play out years from now, but it does provide enough guidance to tell us how to act and believe today and tomorrow.
Want to know God’s will for your life? You haven’t been left in the dark. God has provided us a path and a lamp.