We’ve talked about rules being decisions made in advance. Principles are different from rules. They’re more general than rules . . . a principle is non-specific to a situation or person. Plain and simple, principles are guidance. Here are a few . . .
He who walks with the wise grows wise.
Birds of a feather flock together.
You can count on people to first look out for themselves.
There aren’t exceptions to principles, just situations where they don’t apply. Some people grow wise hanging out with unwise people, screwing up, and learning from their mistakes. Some folks always look for uniquely different people to hang out with. And others that are lead to their own demise because of their selflessness. Principles help us generalize our learning from specific experiences so we can do better next time. They’re not 100%, always, no exception tenets.
We tend to create principles too quickly. We do it all the time . . .
“Somebody broke into my car and stole my laptop . . . so I can never leave my computer in my car again.”
“One time I had a payment get lost over the internet . . . so now I pay all my bills with paper checks.”
Don’t let single events create principles. Be wise, but also be courageous. Look at the big picture. Don’t let fear write the script of your life . . . look to what Scripture says. And even more, lean on your faith and your Father who loves you.
2 Timothy 1:7 says it best, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”