William Sokolin was a world renowned wine merchant. In 1989 he purchased a 1787 bottle of Chateau Margaux for $155,00. Why did he pay so much? Wine experts believed the bottle once belonged to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, himself, may have purchased it when he was America’s ambassador to France. Sokolin was hoping to sell it for even more—$519,750!
Many of the highest profile wine buffs attended a special dinner at the Four Seasons restaurant. Sokolin held up the bottle of precious liquid before his audience of 300 intending to advertise its sale. Unfortunately, the hopeful merchant bumped into a metal table, broke a hole in the bottle, and watched in horror as the ancient wine stained the carpet at his feet. Sokolin immediately ran to the kitchen, hoping to save a portion of the bottle’s contents. The audience gasped and gathered around the reddish brown stain on the rug—as though it were the scene of a homicide. For Sokolin it might as well have been.
You know, sometimes the best laid plans and most cherished dreams for career success can prove as fragile as that costly bottle of wine—especially when they make no room for God. Proverbs 19:21 states, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” The Scripture also says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Prov. 16:3). God is the only sure thing in life. Build your hopes and dreams upon Him, around Him, and for Him. For “the world is passing away … but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).
Dear Lord, into Your hands I commit my life and all that I own, my dreams and all of my plans. Please, may Your will be done in my life and may I fulfill the purpose You have for me. Amen.