What Are You Doing With Your Life?

IMG_4849What are you doing with your life?

Your life is a gift from God. Every day, every minute, every breath is a gift.

Your life is irreplaceable. Once a minute of your life is lived, you cannot retrieve it.

Your life is unique. God has given it to you. No one else has ever had your life, and no one else ever will. Every minute of your life is a gift from God only for you. What are you doing with it?

Your life is precious. So precious that God’s Son had to die for it to be saved. In God’s eyes, your life is priceless.

Your life is fleeting. It is but a vapor. It is a small grain of sand on the endless road of eternity. It is a small window in the palace of time…and yet you are given the whole window.

Your life is timeless. You have a whole life to use, and what you do with your life will not be undone. What is accomplished with your life is stamped on the history of mankind and no man can erase it. What are you doing with it?

Your life is unknown. You don’t know how many minutes you have left. Perhaps you have two days, perhaps you have 70 years. It is a bridge, waiting to be crossed.

Your life is a responsibility. It is not to be taken lightly. It is a gift: irreplaceable, unique, precious, fleeting, timeless, unknown. It is not something to be thrown away or esteemed as worthless. It is priceless.

God has a purpose for your life. He has a perfect plan for you. He wants you, He wants your life.

What are you doing with your life?

I waste so much time. I squander it on unimportant and minuscule things for my own pleasure, that I will forget about tomorrow. At the end of the day, I look back and regret those precious moments that I cannot get back.

And it hurts.

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:4)

Ouch. I forget about the battle. Actually, I ignore the battle. I entangle myself in the affairs of this life, in things that won’t matter. I fail to please the One who enlisted me.

I waste so much time. And that hurts. What am I doing with my life?

(For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” – James 2:14)

I don’t have forever. My life is a fleeting vapor. When my life ends, so does my part in the battle. What am I doing with my life?

My life is a gift from God: irreplaceable, unique, precious, fleeting, timeless, unknown. What am I doing with it? Am I fulfilling His purpose and His plan for my life?

My life is priceless.

So is yours.

What are you doing with your life?

 

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I’m Giving Up

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I tend to hold onto things. Memories. Emotions. Notebooks from classes I took several semesters ago. When I get set on a vision, I rarely stray from it. When I think I know what’s right for me, I don’t compromise. You could say I’m a little stubborn.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. I know what I want and what’s important to me. So why do I often find myself wrenching my closed fists open in prayer? Why do I feel the need to lay it all down, however begrudgingly?

Because the Lord wants us to give up.

He wants us to give up any notion of control we think we have, because He has plans He swears to carry out (Isaiah 14:24). He wants us to give up our ideas of what we think is right for us, because He is powerful and wise beyond us (Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 55:8-11). He wants us to give up our delight in other things, so that our desires are fixed on Him (Psalm 37:4, Matthew 6:33). He wants us to give up our hope in flawed institutions, because the hope He gives is perfect and infallible (1 Peter 1:23). He wants us to give up our fears and frailty because He loves us, and because He is strong enough to save us from them (1 Peter 5:7, Isaiah 59:1). He wants us to give up our very lives to give Him glory (Romans 12:1).

But we don’t just abandon all these things on the side of the road somewhere – we offer them up to Him. We have to trust that what He can give is more satisfying than what we thought we always wanted, and that can be scary. After all, giving up is so contrary to human nature. But, wonder of wonders, He doesn’t rob us of our humanity and leave us empty. This is the joy of salvation – that He makes us new, that we can be complete in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 2:10). To live is Christ, to die is gain.

So let’s just give up. What we gain in the process amounts to so much more.

The Case for an Ordinary Life

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No one likes to think that they’re an ordinary person. But the facts are against them. Out of the billions of people who have breathed the air of this earth across the ages, how many of them can you yourself name? How many of them do you actually care about? How many of them did great things that got them into history books?

Face it; you’re statistically likely to be one of those people. It’s very probable that you’re not going to write a book that changes thousands of lives, or start a cultural revolution that changes the course of a nation, or make a heroic choice that saves the lives of a hundred children, or anything else grand that your imagination might come up with.

But you mean the world to someone. You might not even know that you do. The someone might not even know that you do.

Few great acts ever reach us. We hear about them on the news, and we admire the good that they’ve done. What does reach us are the little acts of goodness, the choices that the people around us make every day to care about whether we have had dinner or not, to listen to us when we just need to get something out, to make sure our cars are filled with gas, and to pick up our favorite kind of gum at the store just because we were asking for gum the other day. We don’t often notice these choices, because they’re not extraordinary choices, but we would certainly notice if the people making those choices were gone.

Think about all the people in your life that it would destroy you for a time to lose. There are people who feel that way about you, even if you do nothing for them.

Don’t get caught up in the desire to do great things. Of course, I don’t mean that you shouldn’t do great things if the opportunity comes along and it’s something that God has given you a passion for. I mean that often, it feels like something’s not worth doing because it’s not big or important. Don’t buy into that. You can waste your whole life trying to figure out what one big good thing you’re meant to do and miss a million small good things that will change the lives of the people God has put in your life.

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:23)

We have nothing in common…

Q: Dear Damsel,
I’m just starting out at a new church, and I’m having trouble making friends. It’s not that I’m not very friendly…I just can’t seem to find anything in common with the kids in youth group. Got any tips?

A: I can’t say I’ve ever been able to understand it when people say things like, “I don’t have anything in common with so and so.” As a human being, you will inevitably have things in common with every other human being on the earth. Do you eat food? Do you listen to music? Are you in school? Do you play sports? Do you play an instrument? Do you watch movies? If you say no to all of these you’re obviously lying! And as a Christian relating to other Christians, you have…oh, I don’t know…Jesus in common?? In order to make friends you must first find a common ground. Once you’ve found it, you’ll find it’s not so hard to build a friendship!

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