Pat’s Ponderings…


Bottom Lines


“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)


Some of us are “bottom-liners”. We like to cut through the fluff and get to the core of the issue. Life just gets too complicated when we try to wade through all the ifs, ands, and buts that seem to jump up at us almost constantly. It’s much easier to stick to the facts and head straight to the “bottom line”.

Take, for instance, the fuming over misbehavior of those around us. Why waste energy getting angry with them. Bottom line: Do they have a right relationship with God? If not, what can we do to help? If their heart is right, what they do is between them and God. Our worry will not solve the problem.

How about stressing over whether things are done the way we think they should be done? Bottom line: We need to be patient with those who have not had the same experiences that taught us. Sometimes people have to learn “the hard way”. God loves everyone and He will use each person’s efforts. God is the best teacher.

Then there are times when we worry about our country, our children, our house, etc. The list goes on and on. Bottom line: God can help us with all of these things, so why get all bent out of shape about them.

What are the true bottom lines? Jesus made it clear that the most important thing is to love God with all our heart and the second is to love our neighbor as ourself. Our relationship with God is really all that truly matters. The proper relationship with Him will give us the proper relationship with others. We need to keep our heart with diligence to obtain wisdom to find the bottom lines in everyday living.

Pat Lamb