Eyes on the Prize!

Proverbs 23:17-18 “Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

I am currently taking some time to have a break for a couple of weeks with my family. I am holidaying down at the beach and it’s interesting to observe so many people going about relaxing, shopping, eating and beaching…  The laughter, the sights and sounds all add to the summer experience. 

During the summer it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important and just get caught up in the excitement of new years eve, parties, beach, good food and entertainment. In observing people enjoy their summer holidays, remember to not lose yourself in someone else’s world, thinking that everyone else is having the best time and you have to play their tune in order to have a good time yourself.

The Proverbs writer exhorts us to CONTINUE in the fear of the Lord and not let our hearts envy sinners. The verse implies there is a future and a hope for the person who fears the Lord but for the person who doesn’t fear the Lord the future is bleak, no matter how much fun it looks like they are having.

Whatever you do, don’t take a summer break from God. Continue to build your relationship with him and keep your eyes on His Word. Don’t envy people who have nothing else but the empty and fleeting promises of this world. God has a future and a hope for you and he will keep his promises to you because he loves you. As someone once said, ‘Only one life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.’ Do what matters and leave the rest to everyone else.

Lead the Change!

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