Daily D – Proverbs 21:1
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases. PROVERBS 21:1 (NLT)
Like many things associated with Monday, this missive did not go as planned. Apologies for the technical difficulty. Feel free to have two Mondays this week if you dare.
Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by GOD; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses.
Sleep was deep and satisfying last night. I had no idea what day it was when I awoke moments before my Apple Watch began vibrating. It took a bit of sorting out to acknowledge Saturday and Sunday’s passing and Monday’s arrival.
Monday has such a bad reputation. People have more heart attacks on Monday than any other day of the week. This is also the day people choose to quit their jobs most often. It is also the day most people get fired. Of course, I haven’t read any updated information on those last couple of sentences and they might be completely wrong. However, it is early on Monday morning and I am not going to look it up now. I have better things to do.
Rather than linger a little too long on depressing thoughts like those, I will turn to better things. This is a new day. This is a new workweek full of opportunities. This is the day I carry out the garbage.
Carrying out the garbage is a good start to the week. It reminds us how some things are better left behind. Some things are better discarded. Before we can get on with what’s next, we have to make wise decisions about what lingers. As precious as it was to have a tiny baby with us for the weekend, those dirty diapers have got to go.
Some things require recycling. Their usefulness in their present form has come to an end here in our home. However, they may return someday in a renewed shape and form. We will give them that opportunity.
Once the garbage and recycling are moved into position for what’s next, it is time to get on with what is next for a productive and effective day. I have plans. They include others. Important work will be accomplished today. Weaving through and around these appointments, events, and tasks is God’s direction. He may have us pause for a bit in one area. He may have us give more attention to one thing and less to another.
Our Father may speak some truth to our hearts and minds which brings reorientation to an entire process. He may provide insight to adjust or reset our thinking. He is in charge. What he knows is superior by far to what I know. He has full freedom and permission to interrupt my reasoning at any moment.
Where will God direct you today? What will he guide your focus? What will he empower you to accomplish? What will you do to honor him and to serve others? What will you do today to build a better world?
Step into God’s flow. Refuse to drift through this day. Move with the intentionality of his direction. Accomplish all he has purposed for you. Finish the day well. When you lie down to rest, may it bring a smile to you and to our Father in heaven.
It’s Monday. This is a good day to be led into meaningful work and purposeful action.
I will step into God’s flow.
Our Father, direct my heart wherever you see fit. I want to go where you want me to go, do what you want me to do, accomplish what you want me to accomplish. Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.