Everyone has aspirations in life. It is a great thing to live in a country that truly allows anyone to do anything as long as they strive and work hard. We raise our children with the idea that they can truly pick their career and place in life through education and diligence. There is however a hard truth that often gets quietly shelved—While we can do anything, we cannot do everything.
God has used our lives, our talents and our life circumstances to prepare us for our journey and a role in other’s lives. So many times, we become envious of others roles and discount the value each of us brings to our families, friends and communities. Solomon, in his wisdom, broke it down into three areas—Hold your tongue, embrace your place and don’t start unnecessary fights.
Discernment is a mighty tool. Learning to hold one’s tongue and not simply spew out every free range thought, is critical to being successful in life and in ministry. In this culture of blogging, snapchating and Facebook, we have forgotten that using our mind as a filter for our mouth is invaluable to our lives and the lives of others.
Solomon also stressed the critical nature of taking your place and embracing your role in life. If we can be content with the circumstances we face, then if God blesses us with more, we can humbly accept the gift and be equally content in the new place. Conversely, if we are unhappy with where we are and always envious of others, we will not have opportunities to use our roles to change lives, nor will we ever truly be happy in any other role we are given.
Finally, Solomon urges us not to be accusers or overly litigious. We need to be careful and not rush to judgement of others—lest we embarrass ourselves and others because we do not know the entire story. Further, showing grace and mercy by holding our tongues could make us life-long friends and allies—and we will need them.
It simply comes down to embracing your life and trusting God with your future and its timing. God will honor that and make your journey complete, awesome and life changing—You can be anything, you just can’t be everything!
God Bless You
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. 3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; 5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; 7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
What you have seen with your eyes 8 do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another’s confidence, 10 or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand.