The phrase from Psalm 90:17 put a hand on my arm and stopped me: “Establish the work of our hands . . .”
There’s always a reason for that, so I laid everything else aside, refilled my cup, and settled down to learn whatever God wanted me to grab onto.
“Establish the work of our hands…” What’s that in Dan-ese? I tried a few different ways of saying it until this shook out.
“Help us (me) be doing what’s going to go on doing good for others long after we’re (I’m) gone.” Okay. A-ight. I’ll say it to you like I said it to myself. In other words, separate “wheat” from “chaff” in your personal life; things that between you and God, you know work for you need to be nurtured. Things that only irritate and hold you back need to be left alone–no matter how pleasant they may seem at the moment nor how wonderful they may seem to others.
You’re not here primarily to please others; you’re here to please and honor God. You’re responsible for YOU and nobody else. What they want of you, what works for them doesn’t ultimately matter.
With God’s help and direction, pursue what works with and for YOU.
Run away from what doesn’t.
© D. Dean Boone, December 2021