Posts Tagged ‘time’

  

“My child, never forget the things I have taught you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NLT)

As I stood by the bathroom counter, I watched as my youngest teenage son lathered up his face, as I taught him. He wiped off the foam in sections so he won’t one day grow a beard that edges up underneath his eyelids, just like I told him. He gently pulled the sharp edges of the new razor across his face, not too soft or too hard and cut himself, as I instructed him. Then with a final rinse, we both looked into the mirror at a job well done. 

Having been a Youth Pastor, Substitute School Teacher, and a Little League Coach for quite a few years, I have noticed an alarming trend: Children being raised by absentee parents. Barring the exasperated single parent that works multiple jobs just to make ends meet, there are still too many children with present parents that rarely interact with their children, thus depriving precious young minds of needed wisdom and reinforced self-esteems. 

It’s not hard to find where they are turning for role models and life advice; those great pillars of genuine knowledge like Facebook, Instagram, the locker room, or whatever worthless Hollywood icon is opening their mouth to sound wise because they once portrayed a smart person in a movie. It’s no wonder that crime, suicide, drug use, violence, and pregnancy is continuously rising in this segment of American society! 

Children need parents and good role models to mold them into solid, virtuous adults. If you have a child, please pour as much of yourself into them. You’ll only get one shot to watch them grow! There was probably many things I needed to do today, but none more important than teaching my son how to become a man. Do right by your kids! You are loved today! 

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Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭25‬ NLT)

Stephen R. Covey, author of numerous leadership books, shares his insight on the time wasters of our life: “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” We chase what we believe is important only to look back years later and recognize that is was to please people that didn’t like us, to buy things that we gave away shortly thereafter, or to climb the corporate ladder only to find that we hated the job.

Jesus reminds us that we are meant for more than the trivial and the grandiose. Life is accomplished by enjoying the contentment of what we have and who we enjoy it with. By establishing Christ-centered priorities, we are saved from chasing what doesn’t matter and released to find those things that bring joy in this life and reward in the next.

With this being back-to-school time, it’s an excellent opportunity to revamp our priorities list. With my own life only four brief years from the Empty Nest, it’s makes me ask certain questions in order to see the better answers. Take time to truly appreciate the life God gave you! You are loved to live today!

But when it pleased God…” (Galatians 1:15 NKJV)

William Henry Harrison has the shortest tenure among American presidents. Sworn into office on March 4, 1841, he died 32 days later. As our ninth president, he was calling for a special session of Congress to enact his financial reforms, but was cut short by an aggressive case of pneumonia. His plans for his political agenda barely outlasted the expiration date of a gallon of milk.

We also live under a false illusion of time. We plan things in life and even for God, without considering God’s time agenda. We desire for God to move on our timetable, bowing down to our demands of importance. But God knows what times and seasons of life are best, coming in when He knows the time is right.

Live in such a way as to hear God’s leading, living in a constant state of expectancy of His moving in any way and at any time. Though we plan our calendars and agendas, always be willing to wait on God! His times for your life are always perfect! You are loved!

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How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them.” (Psalms 111:2 NLT)

In 1967, Charles Hummel wrote a book entitled “The Tyranny of the Urgent”, dealing with the needs and demands that assault our time, making sure we accomplish our priorities. As a Christian writer, Hummel’s prescription was to temper our own compulsions and reactions to external pressures of the moment with personal spiritual inventory, and set priorities based on “prayerful waiting on God’s instruction.”

Now we are assaulted by increasing waves of information and stimuli. Demands for immediate response. Lack of privacy. It is often tempting to let what is urgent get in the way of what’s important. If we’re not careful, God will perform miracles daily to get us through to the next urgency, but we miss the beauty of the fact that we just witnessed a miracle! The daily miracles are our reminder that God DOES exist and that our little lives ARE important to Him!

As you come to church today, let God remind you of all the good things He has done in your life. He will help you to remember (v.4), which helps you to realize that you are blessed and favored by a living, gracious God! Don’t miss favor for the frustrations! You are loved today!

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