Sometimes we could just jump for joy! Thankfulness overwhelms us as we look around at everything we have and know. God seems so near and precious. Oh, it's wonderful to be a Christian. We sing, "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." (Psalm 48:1-2 KJV)
It's worth celebrating those mountaintops. Life in its series of ups and downs has stunning vistas, where it seems sunglasses or at least rocks in our pockets are all that keep us from being blinded by light or flying away with delight.
I'm sitting in Third Place at a table beside an architect and a contractor. They're excited to start a new project, working through the challenges that lie ahead. If the partnership continues with the same fervor, they'll be celebrating in the end, reveling in what they created from vision to reality.
Jesus paid attention to the building of God's kingdom. "Build wisely," he told his followers. Whatever the Architect has for us today and in coming weeks and years, let's listen, refer carefully to his plans outlined in his blueprints (the Bible), ask good questions, and get to work with skilled tradespersons! At each step of completion or accomplishment, let's praise and thank God for his faithful vision and help.