David continued to address Solomon: “Take charge! Take heart! Don’t be anxious or get discouraged. God, my God, is with you in this; he won’t walk off and leave you in the lurch.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (MSG)
I know a person with big dreams. Almost every conversation I’ve had with my friend revolved around their next great idea. The common thread in each conversation is that they will make a lot of money for which they won’t have to work very hard. Content to have faith in the next great brainstorm, this person avoided college altogether. Their life has been an endless string of menial jobs while they dreams up the next get rich quick scheme.
I can’t really point the finger at this person without three fingers pointing back at me. When I think about it, my interaction with this person have always prompted me to examine my own life. I have my own pile of big ideas and great intentions that lack the initiative to get off my butt and accomplish them.
I love David’s final admonishment to Solomon. David could provide Solomon with everything necessary to build the temple, but Solomon would have to have the initiative and perseverance to start it and then see it done. “Be strong and courageous and do the work.”
Now, if you’ll excuse me. I have some work to do.Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and asurroca