"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Vienna waits for you

We all have a calling in life; one that is God given.  From the beginning of time we were born with a vision. God knew us while we were still in the womb.  (Jeremiah 1:5)

We all work toward creating careers that we love, that will help us make a living; however, there is a true difference between work, and your vocation.

An artisan is a skilled tradesman.  They use their hands to create.  When the work of your hand is guided by the father, learned from the father, and anointed by the father, you can never go wrong.

I like to think that I am an artisan of the word of God; a pencil in the hand of God, writing letters to the world.

Everything we do in life identifies us with SOMETHING.  Our jobs, the clothes we wear, the food we like to eat, the music we listen to.  We all worship something.

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

We sometimes choose to do certain things because we have to, and sometimes we want to. But what if we chose based on what God purposed for us?

I love to write.  I love getting my thoughts down on paper, and then sharing it with others.  I love expressing view points in artistic ways, and inspiring through words.  But you can also be an artisan of the word by living it.  When your life is a representation of the word, it speaks measures to others without even mimicking a single syllable or striking a keyboard, or singing a note.  Joy exudes from the child of God because of the spirit of God in you.

Pinocchio was created by his master.  He was given life and abilities.  He was created for a purpose.  We have freewill and aren’t guided by puppet masters or strings; however, we can ask God to guide us by His Holy Spirit.

We must never forget our true vocation in life.  God calls us to spread the gospel and to be fishers of men; to recruit others for the kingdom of God.  For the Kingdom of God is calling near.  There is always a work to be done!  You are never too young or old to realize your dreams.

Bill Joel wrote, in regards to the song Vienna, “So I go to visit my father in Vienna, I’m walking around this town and I see this old lady. She must have been about 90 years old and she is sweeping the street. I say to my father, “What’s this nice old lady doing sweeping the street?” He says, “She’s got a job, she feels useful, she’s happy, she’s making the street clean, she’s not put out to pasture.” We treat old people in this country pretty badly. We put them in rest homes, we kinda kick them under the rug and make believe they don’t exist. They [the people in Vienna] don’t feel like that. In a lot of these older places in the world, they value their older people and their older people feel they can still be a part of the community and I thought, “This is a terrific idea – that old people are useful – and that means I don’t have to worry so much about getting old because I can still have a use in this world in my old age.” I thought, “Vienna waits for you…”

At the end of the day each man who works and labors receives a reward.  At the end of our journey, there is a reward waiting for us.  We were not meant to just live and die; we all have a purpose and vocation to fill.  If it takes me until I’m 100 years old to do what God purposed for me, to feel alive then I will strive toward the prize.   “When will you realize Vienna waits for you.”

 

 

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” –  Albert Einstein



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