Please read Proverbs 21-22 before reading today’s devotional.
When you wake up each morning, what are some of the first thoughts to cross your mind? Is it the endless amount of house work that seemingly plots against you? Or maybe it’s the daunting task at work this week that’s got ahold of your every thought. If you’re a creative like me, then it’s the next big thing on your list of dreams to conquer. Trust me… I seem to be adding a new one to that list every week.
Being a writer, photographer and full-time lady in the workforce, you’d think I’d be content with my 40-hour work week but that’s just never the case. I’m always processing, always dreaming up new ideas I’d like to try my hand at. Ladies, let’s be real… I know I’m not the only one out there. So, does there ever come a point when you’re wondering, “Am I trying to do too much?”.
Now, I can’t answer that for you. That’s a question you need to bring to the Lord. What I can tell you is the Lord delights in our passion for the gifts He’s bestowed on us. He absolutely loves to see us master our craft and then get even better at it. This was reassured to me in Proverbs 22:29, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
Following our greatest joys and accomplishing our goals is something God smiles at. He longs to see us happy and fulfilling the purpose He instilled in your hearts and mine. Although, one thing we can quickly forget is Him. I know at times I can get so wrapped up in a project, I often lose sight of His calling. We must remember the gift giver and His intent for creating the gift in the first place.
Earlier, I asked you to think about what crosses your mind each morning. If your answer doesn’t include the Father, then it’s time to work on some things. Believe me, I know it’s human nature for thoughts to derive from day-to-day events but it’s all in the condition of your heart.
“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.” Proverbs 21:1-2
Getting your heart right with God will only strengthen your personal endeavors. Once you align your goals with His purpose, He’ll set you apart and show you immeasurable favor. There is something to be said about the daughter who seeks after the Father’s approval rather than aimlessly looking for worth based on society’s standards.
“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, favor is better than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1
Dreams, aspirations and God-given gifts stem from the heart. If we are to create, accomplish and build upon those gifts, we must do so under the wisdom of the Father. Give your heart and everything you’ve got to those dreams He’s placed within you. Wake up with His name on your lips and allow His hand to touch every goal you set your mind to.
Don’t become easily distracted by dreams He didn’t intend for you. Instead, become skilled in YOUR gifts, so you can stand before the King knowing you brought Him what He asked for.
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