Valley of Vision
Struck by this phrase in today’s prayer from the old Puritan prayer book – Valley of Vision.
”Teach me the happy art of attending to things temporal with a mind intent on things eternal.”
The request is that God would help us reframe how we get involved with the everyday things of this world.
The ’happy art’ is a mindset that balances engagement with the necessary and pressing items of today with a broader vision and context which is what God is up to in the world.
So work hard today – right where you are. And as you do so don’t forget that God is on His throne and those around you who are yet to recognise Him as King are lost until they do.
Be present with your kids, your colleagues, your classmates, and take great comfort that you do so as an ambassador of the Kingdom.
“Lord please be at work by Your Holy Spirit to deepen this ‘happy art’ in our hearts. Help us to live in this world as citizens of two countries – one earthly and one heavenly. Let us give and live your message of new life this day – right where we are. Amen.”