Life is short. It’s not something we like to think about, but it’s something we should all think about and even discuss more often.
I think that if we all knew when we’d die, we would live differently. My question for you, today, is: how are you living the life you’ve been given? Are you living in a way that God would say, “well done, good and faithful servant?” Are you living and doing things that you will later regret, or using each day to the fullest?
In this world, everything is catered to our needs and is so “instant.” Even this blog post is being viewed by you on some sort of mobile device, where you could easily close the tab and forget about what you are reading.
However, I want to encourage you to slow down for a minute. Think about what you are reading and how you are living. Truly READ this post, slowly. I want you to take this to heart, and not simply skim through it. With that said, let’s dive into how to live our lives wisely.
You nor I are promised tomorrow, and the people you encounter each day aren’t either. This should be enough to challenge you and make you think about the time you have.
It’s honestly kind of scary to imagine our lives ending today or tomorrow, but maybe we should think about it. I’m not saying we should expect to be killed or randomly die at the drop of the hat, and fear each coming moment. That is way extreme.
What I am saying is that we need to meet in the middle of the two worldly extremes.
The one extreme doesn’t even think about the brevity of life, but lives each day not considering how their time is valuable and others’ is as well.
The other extreme realizes death could come at any minute, and fears it. It constantly worries and wonders when their time is.
Now, as you can tell, these 2 extremes are rather, well, extreme. The medium that I want to present to you today is this: to realize your life could end soon, but not letting that worry you. Rather, that knowledge pushes you to live in a different way.
We are all given one life, and it is a gift. We can waste it, by not thinking about how our lives are short, or by worrying about death. We need to realize that we are not promised tomorrow. We need to humble ourselves, pick up our crosses, and follow the Messiah, Jesus Christ. We need to realize that there is beauty and value in each moment and each person.
Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us: Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Colossians 4:5 says something similar: Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
You might be wondering just HOW you can make the most of each moment & “redeem the time.” Here are a few tips.
Humble yourself & submit to God.
We cannot live for God by living in pride. We must deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow in the example of the One who died for us, DAILY. Come to Jesus with all that you are, all that you want, all that you have, and lay it all down. Ask Him to enable you with a correct mindset on the brevity yet beauty in life, and to live each moment to the fullest.
Luke 9:23 // He said to all, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
Have grace on yourself.
As you strive day by day, by the grace of the loving Father, to use each moment for Him, you will mess up. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We all face temptations. As you stumble, as you are tempted, it is your choice what you will do from there. Will you let that knock you under the waves, or will you rise above and continue to strive to use your time wisely? It’s up to you.
Philippians 4:13 // I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Practice being present
This sounds like a super odd, yogi term, but what it means is this: being alert and aware, and not caught up in worldly things, so that you can live the moment to the fullest. It means observing how you are acting and seeing if you are honoring God.
Say you are in a restaurant with some friends or family. While you could hop on your phone to check your Instagram DM’s you could instead choose to stay off of your phone the whole time. This helps you to invest in those around you, and also makes you stand out from the many people on their mobile devices around you.
I want to encourage you to open your eyes and ask God to help you see any times or ways you aren’t honoring Him. It might be hard to walk away from those things, but believe me when I say it is so worth it.
Matthew 5:16 // Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
So what are you doing with your life? Are you honoring God with it? Are you realizing the brevity yet beauty of each day? Time is short, but life is beautiful. That’s something we must never lose sight of, friends.
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While reading this post, did you think of anything that needs to be changed in your life to help you to live for the Lord and use your time wisely?
Which of the three steps spoke to you the most? Why?
How will you start using your time more wisely, today?