"Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep." Psalm 127:1-2
Today my prayer was "Lord, without you all of my work is in vain. All of my hopes are in vain. Everything I'm doing is in vain. My team, our ministry, our vision for this city - it's all in vain unless you, Lord, are in it."
I've known this for some time. The city simply has way too many people in it for me to believe we can have much of an impact in our own strength. But this verse is a reminder that it's not even "much of an impact," rather it is "no impact." That is it will be utterly worthless without the Lord's hand. All of it in vain.
That's humbling. Pleasantly so. And brings me to my knees to beg for more grace/mercy/patience/help/wisdom etc...