In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality. (Prov 12:28 NIV)
In the place where God has placed you, graciously accept your responsibility as a caretaker of this special corner of God’s wonderful creation. You are right where you are supposed to be. God didn’t made a mistake when he created you. Be the wonderful person that God created you to be. God has given you exactly the right mind, talents and skills so that you can faithfully build with gold, silver and precious metals a solid foundation for your life upon Christ the bedrock of you faith. There is no need to be building sand castles of deceit, lies or false pretenses.
Live a disciplined life, constantly desiring to know more of Christ, and to know more of his creation. Diligently perform every task assigned to you. In everything you do and in all your plans act justly and love mercy. Reflect God’s glory by demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit and the virtues of Christ who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
As a peace maker, choose your words carefully to bring joy, healing and peace as far as it is possible. Choose words that are faithful and true, gentle and kind, uplifting and encouraging. Be known as one who is trustworthy. Choose your friends carefully.
If people praise you for your prudence, quietly acknowledge God as the source of your wisdom. When you are surrounded by schemers, trust the Lord to keep you safe. When you are surrounded by those who are unthankful, ungrateful, liars or fantasy chasers, quietly continue to do what you do with regards to God alone, so that you may be wholly acceptable in his sight. Remember that God’s eyes pierce the secrets of every soul.
You will be tossed about by storms, trials, tribulation and affliction (we all are). Since you have sunk your roots deeply into Christ you will be safe in his almighty hand from all the rages of earth and hell. Sometimes you will sin (we all do), so welcome correction, so that you can continue to know the favor of the Lord. In all things and at all times lean on God rather than trusting in your own judgement.
Should it please God to extrude you out of the place where you are, then you will have a solid foundation for where ever He will take you next. In the meantime patiently and quietly continue to abide in Christ. Then you will hear our Savior say, ‘my child, well done good and faithful servant’ and you will know the smile of the Lord upon you.
Almighty God, we praise you that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We ask for your wisdom today that we may build wisely upon Christ the bedrock of our faith. Keep us safe in your hand and lead us in the paths of life. Amen