Every month a group from our church volunteers at the Lebanon Food pantry. The food pantry is supported by churches that are within the Lebanon School District and help families in the district. Our group that serves always serves on Wednesday mornings. On Wednesday nights there is always a group that comes in during the pantry’s open hours to help distribute food. Each time I have helped our group I am always amazed at the work they put into helping the group for that evening. They spend all of their down time stocking the shelves and cleaning the room all so that it is ready to go for the next group to come in. No matter how they find the pantry, it is their goal to leave it better than they found it ready for the next group to go right to work.
Our example above is exactly what we see David carrying out in our reading today. David knows that God is going to let someone else build the temple, but that doesn’t mean he can’t prepare for it. When he came in as leader of Israel their worship of God was certainly lacking. David corrected those issues within the nation. By the time of his death David left the nation of Israel in much better shape than he found it. I think that is a wonderful lesson for us to learn as well. How can we do that in our families, our churches, our schools, our workplace, and wherever it is you have the privilege of spending time?
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