In my quest to become this person, Proverbs 31:10-31 has been an invaluable source. Teaching me how to live a life of excellence. So that both my character and actions honor the Lord.
Excellence is not easy or convenient. It requires wisdom and time. Both of which is in short supply these days. So what is one to do? Check out verse 14.
She moves through the market like merchant ships that dock here and there in distant ports. Finally arriving home with food she’s carried from afar. (VOICE)
In biblical times merchant ships traveled long distances. Enduring hardships so they could buy in the best markets. Always with an eye on a bargain in their search for unique and quality goods. Yet, never forsaking excellence.
Likewise, we should never settle for mediocrity. Sacrificing excellence by taking shortcuts to save time.
In the ancient world people were more dependent upon the weather for their survival than we are today. By being frugal, preserving food for a rainy day and a stoic faith in God’s love and providence. They were able to cope with the uncertainty of the availability of food.
When you reach home and stand before God. May you confidently say. I
- allowed God’s Word to nourish my soul and spirit.
- encouraged and exhorted others to live a life of excellence by example— walking the talk— the Gospel.
- entrusted Jesus with my life. Giving Him permission to lead me into a safe harbor— my unique destiny.
- relied upon God’s grace to weather the storms of life. To strengthen me in my time of need.
May you travel through life. Searching and finding what is God’s best for you. So that you too can feed a spiritual starving world with God’s love, grace and mercy.
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!