Maturing Vision – Proverbs 3:1-4

ScriptureGod knows I’ve always dreamed huge. Some of those big dreams have tested me in ways I never imagined. Even today I have grandiose dreams of being used by God in ways I can only dream about.

This vision, at times, while great and probably God-ordained has left me discontent for years. I’ve been so unwilling to accept the ‘here’ and ‘now’ because I’ve been so focused on this vision for the future.

I’m am profoundly grateful for my wife. She is the truest gift of God’s grace I could ever imagine. When I’m willing to put my pride aside, He allows her to be used in ways no one else can be used in my life. I knew when I proposed to her that she would be the greatest help to me as a person. Last night, she called me out on my discontent attitude. She said I’ve been this way for a long time and that I needed to do something about it so I could be happier and more satisfied as a person. I sensed her honesty but also knew she has a slight ulterior motive — her happiness as well.

And she is right — for the record — I am discontent and it does cause us both to be less happy and satisfied. I’ve dwelled on her words for the past 24 hours. I know they were spoken through her by God.

So today, I decided I was going to spend some considerable time in the Psalms and the Proverbs. I need to praise him and I need to be instructed and these two books allow both maximally. In particular, I feel moved and compelled to share the following:

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and humankind.

– Proverbs 3:1-4, TNIV

Since I got married (one year ago this week), my vision has reshaped itself. I still dream huge, but I am finally becoming content with the ‘here’ and ‘now’. When I read this passage earlier, it rang out in my heart that this is what I want — love and faithfulness — from me to those around me. I need to strive to live out what I believe, His teachings, better than I have in the past. My vision has matured. While I still believe God has huge plans for me, they now include others — one day, they’ll include my legacy — my children.

Finally, if I am ever to have God entrust me with the huge future He has planned for me, I have to be the best steward with what He entrusts me with now. I’m glad I’m finally okay with ‘here’ and ‘now’. This is where I build the foundation for what’s to come. I just wish it didn’t take me years to put into practice that wisdom I’ve known for so long.

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