“In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers made. In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops…For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge.” Isaiah 17:7-10 ESV
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” I Corinthians 1:26-31 ESV
After hearing about the football legend Frank Gifford’s passing, I watched his wife, Kathy Lee Gifford give a tribute to his life. She spoke about how his life was changed after the two of them visited the Holy Land and saw stones like the ones that David threw at Goliath. They brought home stones as a way to remember how that trip deeply impacted their lives and brought Frank closer to His Savior. When someone would come into their house to see Frank’s trophies, he would show them the stone. She said that each of their kids got a stone for their graduation as a symbol of where they would throw their stone into the world. Kathy Lee asked the question, “Where will you throw your stone?” Her words made me think deeply about my life and legacy. How fleeting this life is. Especially as my kids start a new school year, to keep my perspective on whats important. Maybe it is not them being chosen first or winning trophies for excellence. While I want them to try their best. My prayer is that they stay close to Jesus.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken…for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.” Psalm 62:1-7 ESV
Dear Father, please forgive me when I let the cares of this world cloud out my view of You. I pray that I would reach out to others with the love You have shown me. Help me to stay humble while being a shining light for You. Because my pursuit of You is what is most important. Amen.