Originally published Jan 2, 2006
Difficult is a profound theme for the last while.
My solace is that truly we as a community care about one another and are pulling for each other.
My encouragement comes from Paul's prayer for us the saints:
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
My temptation is to believe that it is combination of my experience, effort, talent, and timing that is going to result in productivity both for the kingdom in the big picture but as well as prosperity in the here and now.
I'm reminded that we are simply the objects of grace and mercy "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Does this mean I should not use my experience, effort, or talents? By no means! But all the more should we work hard to accomplish that which is before us. The difference is the comfort we can take in who gets the glory.