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Purposeful Living In A Temporary Place

“We say we understand life is fleeting, but we act as though it was endless.” -Marty Cauley

Life has a way of passing by. It seems that it was just yesterday that you graduated high school, you got married, or your baby took their first steps. On more than one occasion, I have stepped back and thought back to childhood. It seemed like the days dragged on forever, especially at school. Yet now, as an adult, I cannot seem to keep up with time. Everything happens so quickly even though time is exactly the same as it was back then.

 “Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise— making the most of the time, because the days are evil.” -Ephesians 5:15-16 CSB

I cannot answer the question of why time seems to go by so quick, other than it really does. Many times, we say we are living our life to the fullest and making most of our time, but are we? Are you and I doing all God has called us to do, here and now? The Lord put it this way to me, “If it was your time to come home today, did you do all you could wholeheartedly for the kingdom of God? Or are you holding onto things that are certainly going to pass away?”. I must ask myself this question daily. Is what I am doing right now going to make an eternal impact? Am I living my life for here and now, or what is to be eternal? This is not a question that is easy to answer but it is a very important one.

You and I can get caught up in the motions of work, school, kids, dinner, and repeat and look back and wonder, how did I get here? We must be intentional my friend with all we do. All the way down to our thought life we must be purposeful. After all, what we think goes to our heart. What is in our heart, we speak. What we speak directs the course of our life. We need to be living lined up with the Word of God.  Ephesians gives us a great example of this! We are to live as the wise and making the most of the time we have here on earth.

Unwise perspectives can have you thinking some very false ideas. These perspectives can be the feeling that we will have time tomorrow, even though tomorrow may never come. Or having the (dare I say it), YOLO (You only live once) mentality. This mentality leads you to believe that your actions do not really matter here on earth. While I fully believe that God does wants us to enjoy our life, we certainly should not be living our life only for what will pass away.

Take a moment, breathe, and reflect upon your life…

Are you doing all you can wholeheartedly for the Lord, focused on the things of heaven, being purposeful and intentional in all you think, say, and do?

I know this is a LOADED question and this can seem SO overwhelming, especially if you feel convicted to make some major changes. Do not feel ashamed! I have learned that God is so full of grace, mercy, and is redeemer of time and I am so thankful because I have needed to make some changes too! Ask him for forgiveness and ask him to help you turn in the right direction, he is your perfect helper. By simply asking Holy Spirit where he wants you to start makes a huge difference. What seems like small steps of obedience, adds up to habits that put us exactly where God desires us.

Let us start now!

God, what do you want us to do today?

More Scripture To Meditate On:

  • Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. -James 4:14 CSB
  • A human is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. -Psalms 144:4
  • So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. -Colossians 3:1-3 CSB
  • Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. -Colossians 3:23-24 CSB

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