There is an old Quaker story told about a queen who asked for an inventory to be taken of all the flowers in her kingdom. The queen sent out a census taker with a clipboard to count all her flowers. Then she realized that the information would be of little value to her unless she had something to compare it with. So she called for a second census taker. This one was asked to count all the weeds in the kingdom. Before long, the first census taker came back, floating into the queen’s chamber, draped in smiles and warmth. “Queen, whatever you do, don’t ever transfer me or my family out of this kingdom. It has to be the most beautiful kingdom in the world. It is overrun with flowers.”
Just then the door slammed and the second census taker came stomping in, threw down his clipboard and demanded an immediate transfer to another land. “Queen,” he shouted, “this has got to be the worst kingdom in the world. It’s overrun with weeds. I didn’t even get past the drawbridge and I couldn’t count all the weeds in this kingdom. I want out!!”
The moral of this story is if one looks for the things that are excellent and good, you will excel and be good but if you look for the junk, you will feel and behave junky.
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7
“Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you[d]—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.”
At what are you looking?
How are you excelling in the “things that make for faith”?
What generous undertaking does God have in store for you?
Holy God, you invite me to excel in faithfulness. Keep me focused on what matters, on who matters, and let Christ, the light, illumine and guide me. Amen.
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