Reach for the sky

Genesis 11:4 reads:“Let’s build a great city with a tower that reaches to the skies-a monument to our greatness! This will bring us together and keep us from scattering all over the world.”

This was a shrine to the people…..NOT to God. The intent was to pat themselves on the back as well as to make a name for themselves; so that they would be known throughout the land. The people would be known for thousands of years for the structural marvel that they had created all on their own. God, however, wasn’t involved in their plans at all and construction was never completed.

Let me ask you a question. How much do you tend to include the creator of the universe in your life monuments? 30%?… 50%?… 75%? And is it the smaller monuments, the biggest ones, or all of them? I guess there’s even a bigger question than this that must be posed. At the end of the day do you long for personal accolades on your accomplishments, or do you sincerely hope that Christ’s name is elevated because of your efforts. Oh, don’t get me wrong. We all need reasonable amounts of acknowledgment now and then to maintain a healthy self-worth and motivation for tomorrow. You see, I guess it boils down to this. There are things that all of us can accomplish on our own and without direct intervention from God…but why would we want that? Why would any of us desire substandard results when our heavenly Father is standing right there saying,

“Let me help you. Please, just ask me.”This week, may you long to see the possibilities in your life through God’s eyes and not your own. May you also not remain content with substandard results. Build that monument (whatever it may be) into the clouds…then place “Thanks to God” on a plaque at the entrance.

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