Isn’t it weird, how in some ways time seems to be flying and at the same time, the days can feel so long? Ive heard it said.. ” The days are long and the years are short”…That really resonates with me. I’ve noticed, especially as I age, how quickly the different holiday’s keep returning!
As I approach another milestone birthday, redeeming the time I have left is becoming even more important. We are all enviably going out one way or the other! And even if I live to my longest life expectancy, that’s not very long at this point. I have far surpassed the 1/2 way mark.
Whether be it my own mortality or the return of Christ.. the time is short!
“Happy New Year” shouts from all around. Resolutions being made by many.
We are not guaranteed even another week but we continue to make resolutions as if we knew we had at least the next 365 days ahead. We don’t know…
When the Lord found me and changed me I had so many plans! Plans to serve him, plans to become the best me ever! Just so much drive and urgency to get after it! To tell my story of redemption, better yet, to tell His story. Thankful I have had many opportunities to do just that, however I found out the hard way that my new life with Him wasn’t going to be absent of difficulty and challenges and after even another decade I could identify with Elijah.. being laid out under a tree, burned out, beat up, exhausted and ready to go home.
God says in his word very plainly to number our days…
” Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”
We sense the sand slipping through the hour glass behind us, yet we struggle to grab hold of the unique plan he has for our lives. We battle the monotonous rut of complacency and routine. We long for more passion and purpose. We daydream about our callings, and hope that someday we will be living out the dreams that our Father has placed in our hearts. But for now.. we settle, and whisper “maybe one of these days” and slip back into our comfort zone.
I have this little prayer I speak out loud to the Lord. I pray this very often..
“Father, please order my steps and direct my path, that I may be in your perfect will, that I may accomplish your purposes”
I want to use every drop of what He’s given me. Every ounce of passion to bring him Glory. Every day I have left on this planet, I pray to be useful to him. Even the resting days and the playful days. I want to experience the abundant life that encompasses His plans!
I’ll share with you this little vision I have had for some time. Occasionally, it still runs across my mind.
I see two sets of train tracks, about 20 feet apart. The tracks seem to represent our lives. Each track has its own train that runs through. I see one train sluggishly rolling by. Weighted down from loss of hope and lack of zeal, doing the day to day. The humdrum. The common routines of life. Work, bills, a little church on Sunday, errands, dinner, social media, kids activities and few fleeting joys but longing for so much more.
On the other set of tracks I see a train speeding by and it beckons me to jump on! It’s so full of life, purposeful. Moving swiftly to the next abundant adventure and guided steadily by its conductor. It is intentional and helpful to all who climb aboard. It keeps only one goal in mind.. to run the mighty race set before it, to accomplish all it was designed to do. It is beaming with joy and contentment as it races on, unstoppable.
Lord, I long to always be on the right track! … And it’s never too late to jump over!
“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere “
I’ve had the privilege of crossing paths, throughout my life with a pastor who is passionate about redeeming the time.
Dennis Larkin. He is also an encourager, prayer warrior and a missionary. Delivering hope and help to many dark places around the world. He inspires us to press on and run our race well.
“press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”
Recently, Dennis was speaking about the new year and He proposed a series of questions that I’d also like to share with you. They are simple questions but life changing if answered honestly. And they require some reflection….
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Wow, I will be reflecting on these questions, as well.
May God bless you on your new life journey.