Daily Devotion

THE ABC’ OF BUILDING

The building process is governed by several principles that must be respected at all times. They apply when building a house, ministry, career, family or anything you want to build. Here are my top six.

You must have and follow a plan also called a blueprint. This is the design, standard, projection of the build. Without a strict adherence to the blueprint you will be lost along the way.

Next is the budgeting. You must figure out how much it’s going to cost to deliver what you are building. Compare prices, negotiate, get alternatives and work your budget to the best possible situation. It’s amazing how one thing can have ten different costs. Get what works for you.

Then you must prioritize. Basically first things first. You can’t put a roof on the foundation. Obviously foundations come first then the walls before the roof. Paint only comes at the end of the build. Finish one before the next. Step by step you make progress.

A cumulative approach comes in handy. Basically you keep building on your yesterday. This means all your efforts are concentrated on this project as you put strength where you already put strength.
Refuse to scatter your efforts. Focus!

Next is phasing. Most projects take lots of time and money. You must break it down into several phases so you can effectively manage your time and money. This means taking one bite at a time. Do what you can with what you have. It gives you the gap you need to evaluate, correct and refocus before the next phase.

Finally you must figure out the resourcing of your project. Where are you getting what you need? People and money are key resources you need for any build. Mobilize these two and you will get going.

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 14:28-32 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has [enough] to finish [it]— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see [it] begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.

DEVOTION PRAYER: Heavenly Father, am grateful for your unending teaching towards the principles of building. I choose to follow through in Jesus name amen.

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