Isn’t it funny how we let time get away from us? How many of us have said “there just isn’t enough time in the day” and we fall short what we wanted to accomplish on this particular day.
Time is a gift from God, and He has allotted each of us a measure in which to live and accomplish His purposes. There are many things that we can do on any given day. We can be selfish and do something that benefits us as individuals or give of our time to help others out. Now, doing something fun like instead of raking leaves in the fall or mowing the lawn in the summer, it is always fun to say “I just don’t want to do any of those outside chores” yet instead just want to chill and enjoy some of “me” time. We all have done this before and it gives us that down time to digress and recover from perhaps a bad week at work.
God does ask that we help others find THE way to eternal salvation. That is why one of those choices needs to include what God has set out for us as disciples to do.
The key to investing in eternity is following God’s plan for your life, not just filling your days with activities. Jesus was allocated just thirty-three years of life on earth, but only the last three were spent in fulfilling His Messianic ministry. To us that seems like a waste of time. Yet Christ accomplished everything His Father gave Him to do. That’s why on the cross He could say, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
Scripture compares earthly life to “a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14), but eternal life never ends. It’s foolish to spend your life on a vapor when you can reap everlasting benefits by following God’s will for your time here. Each day is an opportunity to choose.
This is a piece that I have in The Night That Changed Our Lives that I wanted to share. It has meant something to me for a long time. It is from an unknown author titled TODAY:
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is Yesterday with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is also beyond immediate control.
Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds—but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.
This leaves only one day—Today. Any man can fight the battles of just one day; It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities—Yesterday and Tomorrow—that we break down.
It is not the experience of Today that drives men mad; it is remorse or bitterness for something that happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.
This has always stuck with me when trying to think about those dreadful bygone days or the upcoming events on our calendars. It is hard to overcome fear, but we must not let these stressors infect our attitudes, robbing us of the joy Jesus wants us to experience by trusting Him. Put the past behind you, and allow God to strengthen you for what happens today.
How will you choose to spend this day? May God bless you and thanks for reading and hopefully sharing with others.