Welcome to another edition of “Five Minute Friday“, a post I write in approximately five minutes, with little to no editing to link up with other bloggers on the Heading Home blog. Our host, Kate Motaung, provides us with a one-word prompt each week, about which we are to write our thoughts. It is a good challenge for me to think and pray briefly, then write what I feel led to write, without a lot of second-guessing and correcting. It requires creativity with discipline, which helps me to grow as a person and a blogger.
Because of other responsibilities I have today, I will really try to adhere to the five-minute time-limit. Please check out the link-up page to view a variety of other interesting and thought-provoking posts by other bloggers.
Today’s word prompt:
Today’s theme is “build”. I’d like to start by sharing the first scripture that comes to mind when I think of the word, “build”:
“Unless the Lord builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones.”
Psalm 127:1,2 (NLT)
These words let us know that whatever we do, it will not be successful without direction and vision from God. So first and foremost, let’s remember that left to our own devices our plans may fail, but with God all things are possible. I need to be about his business and doing what he has created me to do in order to have a truly fulfilling and purposeful life.
But there is a responsibility on my part to do something practical too, and that’s what I’d like to focus on today.
I’m thinking about habits, and how they can make or break me; how they cause me to have peace and productivity or stress and regret.
My habits are an example to my children and to all those around me in my circle of influence.
I personally feel called to work on my habits and improve on using my time in an intentional way.
We only have one life to live, and despite the challenges and hard parts, it can be wonderful if I follow God’s path for me and find his purpose for my life. Then I need a plan and the discipline to carry it out.
I can be about my own business and either fail miserably or even appear successful, but be building a house that crumbles and falls. Or I can build something meaningful that will last.
When we offer up our lives, our days, and our plans to God, he will be faithful to see us through.
With God’s help, I can truly build a life that leaves a positive mark and makes a difference.
I chose to build a house that will last.