A Lenten Collect to Live Up to God’s Design for Us

Lord of creation, who plants and tends all that he has made, help us to live up to our purpose and to accomplish that which we have been created for, that we might not be useless to you and to the world around us, but might produce good fruit which is pleasing to your eyes, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns at your right hand in the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’”‘ – Luke 13:6-7