Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Don't Waste Your Life

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
Psalm 90:10 NIV

Our children start another school year this week.  Can you believe it?  What happened to this summer?  It seems like life is speeding up to the point that soon the boys will be raised and gone and Leslie and I will ask, “Where did the time go?”

This summer on vacation our family stopped by the small Friends Cemetery in Iowa where my Grandpa and Grandma Merrill are buried.  During our visit we all talked, cried, and prayed.  It was a moving experience for each one of us.  

To be honest, I have rarely visited their grave.  My memories of them are still strong even decades after their passing.  Their memory continues on in many lives and can still be found in that small Iowa town.  But it was good to visit their grave that day because it reminded me of the brevity of life.  As David illustrated, “We are like a puff of wind; our days are like a passing shadow.” (Psalm 144:4)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to waste my life, I want to live a life ablaze for God.  I want a supernatural blessing on all I do!  I believe the only way to get that sacred anointing is to let God be in complete control and do things His way.  

There is no point in striving and stressing through life.  Be smart enough to let God be in control.  Live according to His will.  Live your life His way.  

This week's verse to ponder... Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1,2)