“Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.” (Pro 24:27)

There is a lot of wisdom in this one very short verse. When we approach a new problem or situation, we have to ascertain the priorities. In this case, the part of the required solution is productive and will ensure the secondary outcome.

If the fields are planted and the income is assured, then time and resources can be allocated to building the house. If the approach is the opposite, the house may well be built but with no food and resources, and disaster would ensue. The outcome could well be the loss of the house.

These two outcomes—failure and success—came from the same set of resources in the same situation with the same people; the only differentiator was the priorities set.

Quick Prayer: I see Your priorities, Lord. Help me to align my life to them. Amen.

What Do You Do?

“Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.’” (Amo 7:14)

When we go to a party or meet strangers in a networking event, we are often asked the question, “What do you do?” We can identify with what we do, and there is nothing really wrong with that.

What about if we were in a room full of fulltime church workers? Maybe there are many missionaries, pastors, priests, and social and charity workers there. How would we feel about our profession then? Would we place our vocation on some kind of spiritual pecking order?

The truth is that God has called us each to play a role in His kingdom. You have a sacred calling to do what you do. There is no hierarchy of callings; each is anointed, appointed, and placed in a specific role for a definitive, God-ordained purpose.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for what I do, which is ordained by You. Amen.