I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Psalm 16:3 NIV
Every journey in business and community begins with company. in those people you will find help, strength, wisdom, grief, betrayal, loyalty and a thousand other characteristics. Mixed in those people are people of the Lord’s tribe, so affected by Him that they bring Him to every meeting, every workday, and every interaction. Thy aren’t preachy or perfect, just different. They are refreshing. You find Him in His people. That is where He lives.
Separated to Him is a God thing. These people don’t follow the flow of lemmings. They are hard and faithful and caring individuals. This world must lose hold and the Master gain influence. If you join them, you are a separated and distinctive and peculiar people. Love His people. In some ways we are strange as we become more like Him. Love these people. Embed yourself in them. Become like them.
Noble people are loved of all. True believers are loved by others because they are loving toward others. And they are noble. They stand above not aloof. They are not haughty but distinctive. They are repulsed by the banal but not judgemental. They are turned off by the crass, but understand why others live there. This is the Lord”s people.
Delightful people give us a place to join and are grateful to serve. The Lord’s tribe is an open table. Anyone with the committed heart is welcome to join. Anyone can sit at the table and try out the food to decide. The committed join. These people know how to explain their love of others and service to God without being offensive. There is a delightful place for all.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie
In all things be grateful for the Lord”s noble and grateful people. He builds a living monument to His love and mercy and strength and calls it a family. You thrive in the family. A business or community endeavor will grow with the influence of these.
Once at a lunch room table, a rather crude man rose to tell an off color joke. It was obvious and his normal habit. Off color usually means sexual lyrics or racially demeaning. A loving believer quietly pushed back his chair to exit the conversation. Just then as the joke opened, a woman piped up, “Really. Jack (the believer), doesn’t want to hear your joke and neither do I. Why not keep it for the bathroom?” The others at the table chuckled and nodded. Jack settled back in his chair and the air stayed clean.