I had been thinking about all the crazy things people are doing, and not doing, in the world, globally and locally, and I felt helpless. What could I possibly do that would have a positive impact? My resources are very limited. My abilities follow suit. And then I read the following verses in Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV)
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
And it came to me that my resources and abilities are not limited because the Lord is my source and all change starts with one person, one heart willing to do what needs to be done. My heart is to please Him and to do so I need to know those things that are in opposition to Him and not be tempted to enact any of the things listed above.
Which leads to verses from Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV).
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Don’t do this (Proverbs 6:16-19), but do this (Gal. 5:22-23).
Simple teachings from the beginning of my walk with the Lord, but when we are distracted, and bombarded and pulled in many directions, we just get tired, and forget that our life focus needs to be on Him.
So that is what I am choosing to do. To remember all those Proverbs don’ts, not because I am afraid of being punished, but because the last thing I ever want to do is to be displeasing to my God. Remembering, too, that the fruit of the Spirit is the whole bag listed, not just one or two or four out of the list.
So where does the vision come in?
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)- Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Perishing is a strong word, but as I look around it seems an appropriate one. So what is my vision? All the ponderings earlier led me to ask that question of myself. And the only answer I have, and it is one that has sustained me for close to 40 years, is that God is my Vision.
Just some thoughts on this last day of May. I’ve added a music video of a song whose words are the prayer of my heart. Blessings —Vicki