Matthew 3; Exodus 24; Proverbs 11
I have a bad habit. Ok, let’s face it, I have many bad habits, but only one I’m talking about today. I have noticed that I tend to speak badly about my city. I will see or hear about something bad that has happened and my reaction will be to shake my head and say, “Only in <insert my city’s name here.>” Of course, I didn’t name my city because many of you probably do the same thing. I know that I need to stop thinking that way! “A city is honored by the blessing of the virtuous; it is destroyed by the words of the wicked.” (Proverbs 11:11) God has placed me where I am for a reason. He wants me to be here as a blessing to my city. My responsibility is to speak blessing over my city, not destroy it with cynicism. Is my city perfect? No – I live here. Does my city have problems? Of course it does. What my city needs, though, is not a recitation of the problems; not bad mouthing as if there is no hope. My city needs me to be virtuous, not wicked. I am called to speak and be a blessing to my city. As a follower of Christ I am called to pray for my city. I pledge to do that. I will also avoid negative comments about my city and seek ways to be positive about it. If God wants me here, it’s for a reason. Part of that reason is to be a blessing to the city and I pledge to do that beginning today.
Lord, You have put me in an amazing place to worship You. The people and the structures of the city are not perfect – but they are loved by You. Let me leave the imperfections to You. Let me speak of the goodness and beauty each day. Thank You for placing me here and help me be faithful to Your call.