Unto the Lord…

I knew that living in Nicaragua for nine months would change me, but I didn’t realize how deeply that change was rooted until about two weeks ago.  Even though I enjoyed self-employment and kept bread on the table for most of my career (excepting our personal econom-aggedon of 2008-2010) I really struggled re-starting my career when we returned to the states back in May.  I simply could not wrap my head around business as usual.  Then Lindy and I started Go For Hope and all was right with the world, except I still couldn’t put my finger on what was going on in my heart.

Then I came across a passage of the Old Testament where King David is rallying the leaders of Israel to build a temple to the Lord.  These are the captains of industry, royalty and rulers of the land and it isn’t the first project they’ve been entreated to support.  But David explains that this project has a higher purpose, “the work is great; for the palace is not for man, but for the Lord God.”  He challenges them to put the right gifts toward the right uses and to employ the best artisans toward bringing the vision to reality.  What he says next pierces my heart:

“And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?”

My answer: I am. Today.  I consecrate my service, my heart and my family this day unto the Lord.

(Read 1 Chronicles 29: 1-9)