Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isa. 64:8
I ran across this story, which is funny, and to the point.
Some years ago, I rounded the corner of a gravel farm road to encounter a large yellow bulldozer crossing the road in front of me. I stopped quickly and noticed a man standing by the road watching the dozer. The dozer was plowing through a field across the road in a lazy circular motion. I asked the man how long he had been watching the dozer. He said, “Ever since I fell off the thing!” The dozer continued its work aimlessly, without purpose and driverless. I thought, “All that power with no direction.” It reminded me of a time when I tried to take control of my life and I could feel the available power of God but instead of letting Him direct me, I wreaked havoc aimlessly throughout the countryside. “Father, before I can become like that driverless dozer, mold me into the gentle, powerful, obedient image of your Son.”
My prayer for myself and our church in 2017 is very simple, “O God, our father and creator, mold and shape me in the image of Christ that I may be your servant. Mold and shape our church in your image and will that we may be your servants in our community.”