A Stirred Heart
Not a Hobby


"Solomon had twelve district governors over all Israel, who supplied provisions for the king and the royal household. Each one had to provide supplies for one month in the year" -- 1 Kings 4:7.

Solomon's kingdom was larger and more complex than either of his two predecessors, so he had to address the organization of his kingdom. He had to use creativity to do so because he had few models upon which to draw. Today's verse tells us about his plan to obtain his provisions for his rather large family and government agencies. Rather than grow and be creative to organize and manage, many people prefer to stay and play small, keeping things where they know what to do and can stick to the tried-and-true procedures and structures. Are you keeping your world small because you are afraid to allow it to grow? Is your fear based on the impression that you will lose control if things get too big? Are you afraid you will fail, so you play small? What could you do if you applied your creativity to your organization's (or your personal purpose) needs?

Lord, Solomon was not afraid of becoming "big," and I should not be afraid either. You may wish to bless me with a large enterprise, and I must apply the same creativity that gave me the idea in the first place to help me manage my work so it can grow and prosper. Help me to get over my fear and bias against "big."


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