Well it is here. We find ourselves at the beginning of a new year.
Is it just another day, or is it the beginning of a new year that you desire to make some changes?
Some of us may desire to lose weight, eat healthier, get more involved within our community, or a variety of other good intentions. But I must clearly tell you that there is ONE thing that is completely out of your control that you cannot "add to" or "take away from," and that ONE thing is time.
Yes, time. Not just the day to day time you spend at work, at home or with others, but the time God has already chosen for you to live out your days here in this earthly life. Have you ever awakened to a new day and really understood that you are one day closer to the day that your life here will be over?
You may say, "Oh how morbid!"
I am not trying to be a Debbie downer, just honestly bringing to light the inevitable. Most do not give it much thought. But with the beginning of a new year, I wonder, how much time do I have and what will I do with it?
As David so aptly points out,
“You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath” (Psalm 39:4–5).
The apostle James echoes this:
“You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
Indeed, our time on earth is fleeting—in fact, it is infinitesimally small compared to eternity.
To live as God would have us live, it is essential we make the best possible use of our allotted time.
What do you think are the things that you should focus on in this life?
As far as my faith...I know that only what I do for Christ will last an eternity. Without a doubt, THIS should be our focus my friend. When I imagine myself one day taking my last few breaths, I want to close my eyes and smile, knowing that I did try to use all the ability He gave me to tell others of His saving love and grace. As HE reaches for my hand at the end of my life, I want to know that I also reached out to others in the likeness of Him in this life.
Dear friend, the time that we live in is hard.
We are pressed on every side to conform and compromise. We are told to change our speech and our thoughts as to not offend. This is in direct opposition to what Christ has commanded us to do.
Please do not be fooled into thinking that sitting in church on Sunday is sufficient.
Moses prays, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
A good way to gain wisdom is to learn to live each day with an eternal perspective.
Our Creator has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Knowing that we will have to give an account to the One who gives us time should motivate us to use it well! While you are in the grocery store, at the restaurant, no matter where you are, you are on mission for Him seeking an opportunity to show His love and bring His name into the conversation or situation.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul cautioned the saints, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15–16).
But in the world today we are told we must NOT speak, not offend with our words.
How do we live as a woman of faith and follow Him?
Yes, the moral compass is broken. Truth and morals are being washed away.
But yet we know that there is a "true" north and that will never change.
God never changes. His Word never changes.
There is a north, south, east and west, there is sunrise and sunset. The world still follows HIS creation plan even though the world of man is doing it's best to change all that is moral and true.
Take time today my dear friend, to focus on the coming time you have.
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