Everyone has had this day. The day where you’re going along in your ordinary life, doing what you have to do to make it to the end of the day. Jobs to be done, bills to be paid, extracurricular activities to tend to. Let’s not forget the housework, the cooking, the yard work… it’s life. It’s busy. But along life’s walk, we’ve all had this day…. it’s the day where a phone call, or a text or some event has brought everything to a halt. For a moment the world stops. You’ve received bad news. The bad news hits as a shockwave at first, rendering you almost speechless. You don’t really know how to react. Maybe it’s not true. Surely that can’t be right…. But as time reveals, it is. After shock, there’s grief. Sometimes there’s anger. You start to think about all the things you could’ve done differently. Maybe I could’ve done something years ago to not necessarily change fate, but to make the passing time more special. You see, life only guarantees us one thing. Life guarantees Death. That is the only thing that we can be absolutely certain of.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment
But what are we doing with the time in between? Are we spending it wisely? Are we investing in our eternal resting place? Or are we spending it loosely, giving in to the hypnotic rhythm of day to day duties. I found that it is so very easy to get caught up in the rhythm of life. It’s easy to get lost in a day and forget to acknowledge all my blessings. To praise God. To pray for people. To pray for my family. The devil tries very hard to keep our minds so busy and so full and so stressed out that we don’t have time for God. I think if we’re all a little honest with ourselves we’ve all had days where we get up and focus SO hard on making it through the day…. just get to the end of the day that we forget who carries us there.
Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Why am I babbling about this? Well, because something has happened. Something has snapped me out of the day to day rhythm. I’ve had “that” day. And here’s what I choose to do: I choose to love. With my whole heart, my whole mind and my whole body. I choose to not take for granted anything. I choose to thank God for the things he has blessed me with and thank God for the things I do without. I choose to reach out. I choose to look at strangers. I want to see past the outward appearance of a homeless man and see into his hurting soul. I want to see the elderly widow and show companionship. I want to see a single mother and show kindness. I want to show love. I want to show encouragement. I want to be the person I was made to be. I want to be a new creature. And yes I’ve known the Lord for many years and yes I know my home is in heaven but there’s more. When I really stop to think about how short this life is I realize… there’s more.
James 4:14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
I remember sitting in church one morning. I went early to pray. As I was praying, in my spirit I felt God speak this to me…. Just four little words…. But so very powerful…
It starts with one.
Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”