Perspective & Vision

Happy Monday, friends!  Yet another weekend has come and gone. Whether it was restful or filled with activities, we have safely arrived at the start of the work week. Some of us work so many hours that we grow tired by mid-week, but we continue pressing on until we are able to see that the weekend is in sight.

That cycle of highs and lows can be all-consuming — yielding little more than exhaustion and dissatisfaction unless we have a vision. Proverbs 29:18 reminds us Where there is no vision, the people perish (KJV). The Amplified version, however, speaks louder and more clearly to me.

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. ~Proverbs 29:18

Are you running wild today? I think we’ve all been there. Go ahead and admit it. This is a judgment-free zone. I ran wild for years trying to find myself and never finishing anything I started. And then one day, I stopped running away from my small town, generational poverty, and rejection. It was when I stopped running that I realized it had all been for nought (or so I thought). Nothing is ever a waste of time with God as your GPS. The one I sought was with me all along, and knowing him has yielded confidence, freedom, and love. When we stop running away from things and people and running to the one who’s waiting on us, we can truly rest in his safety.

Again I ask, are you running wild today? Are you tired of trying to please others, competing with your siblings, or working 80 hours per week to get noticed by your boss? When, dear friend, will you stop running? Do it now. Set your sights on things that won’t perish.Seek the approval of the only one who loves you unconditionally and beckons you home even when you sin.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. ~ Galatians 1:10

I can’t promise you that serving God will spare you from tragedy and heartbreak, but I can assure you that knowing him and drawing closer still, will afford you the luxury and the fortitude to press on through those tough times. Before you know it, you’ll be in the home stretch, thanking God for keeping you in his tender care.

Before you leave, find a quiet place and enjoy this soul stirring Music Monday selection by Jennifer Hudson entitled I Run.