Proverbs 6:9-19, Psalm 39-40

Psalm 39:4, 7 – O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! … And now, O LORD, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

Lord God, heavenly Father, give me perspective.  Help me to see myself, my life, my abilities, and my legacy clearly and to put it in its proper perspective.  I am so limited.  My time on earth is like a flower that fades away when the sun beats down on it.  My life is gone and who will remember me?  My impact is hardly a footnote on history’s page.  And anything that does last is only because of you and your work, not mine.  I do nothing, while your Word does everything.  Even my abilities to leave a thumbprint behind hardly exists.  Help me to see this clearly and instead of putting hope and waiting on myself, teach me to wait on you with hopeful and joyful expectation.  In each and every area where I am limited, you, Lord God, are not.  From everlasting to everlasting you are God.  Before the earth was born or you brought forth the earth and the world from everlasting to everlasting you are God!  You have left for us your thumbprint in every corner of this world.  You have made an impact on this world because you made it. And still, you leave your mark on this world as you work in it through your Word and through people.  You even long to make an eternal impact on me and others that we would live with you forever.  Most of all, Lord God, you are no limited in any way.  You can do whatever you will, whenever you will it, however you will it.  The earth is yours and the fullness of it; and you live in heaven so that you, Lord God, can do whatever pleases you.  O Lord, help me see my place and my role and my time in this world clearly that I might live for you with the time and abilities that you’ve given me.  Teach me to hope in you alone.  Amen.