A new year has dawned!  Happy New Year!!

We celebrate the beginning of a year as time given to start afresh and anew. A clean slate to work with is definitely a welcome thought to me. I tend to think of it as a chance to start over on the many different things I didn’t get done last year. On and on my thoughts go, wildly racing about thinking of the numerous things I can get done: losing weight, eating healthier, organizing my kitchen, etc. Nothing, or close to nothing, gets finished. I have, once again, run out of time.

In thinking about the concept of time, consider this. One of Webster’s definitions of time is “an appointed, fixed, or customary moment or hour for something to happen, begin, or end.” In terms of our lives, God’s word says there is an appointed time to be born and an appointed time to die. (Eccl. 3:1-2) It is in the time between these two points that we have been given the freedom to embrace God’s gift of life. However, time quickly turns into days, months, and years. It is like a vapor that disappears. (James 4:14) All too quickly we run out of time to do anything worthwhile. IT HAS BEEN TIME WASTED.

TIME WASTED WILL COST YOU MORE THAN TIME WELL SPENT. Click To Tweet

THE COST OF WASTED TIME CAN ONLY BE SEEN AFTER IT HAS BEEN SPENT. Click To Tweet

Have you ever thought about the cost of wasted time? Unfortunately, this is something only seen in hindsight. No one plans to waste time, but the lack of a plan makes it inevitable. The time we have here on earth is valuable. The purpose of our life, contrary to popular thought, is not to live it haphazardly. God has a purpose for our lives; every part of our life is important to Him. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

As you and I think back together, what has wasted time cost you?

Many will say that a life of good works is worthwhile. Others say a life that has amassed wealth is the worthwhile life. However, what is worthwhile to man is not always pleasing to God. What is worthwhile to God is that which is done in His name and for His sake. It is a life that has Christ as Lord. It is one that is carefully thought out as one building a house carefully goes overs the blueprints and carefully measures the cost. (Luke 14:28). It is yielding to the blueprint God has already provided, His word. The following poem by C.T. Studd describes it perfectly. Many know the famous lines of this poem but not the author. His life for Christ is remembered because it was Christ in him.

Here are a couple of my favorite stanzas:

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
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Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

The rest of this thoughtful poem can be read by clicking here.

What is your plan for the gift of time God has granted?

One can get overwhelmed by thinking about it, but as the saying goes, it’s like eating an elephant: you just eat one bite at a time! (LOL) Live each day to the fullest. And most importantly, live your days for God, for that is what lasts and builds treasures in Heaven.

You can’t go back and start your life over. But . . .

Jesus can give you a new life. All He needs is your surrendered heart. Click To Tweet

It makes no difference if you are a housewife, a carpenter, a business person etc. If you are saved, you are predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus, His Son. And He works in you to do the conforming through His spirit.

What will you do today, tomorrow, this week, this year, in your lifetime to yield to the plan that God has already created for you?

Would you join me in starting this year with the determination to make your life worthwhile?

Paul reminds us in Ephesians 5:15-16 that we are to:

“see that we walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil.”

How can you use the time you have left to redeem time lost?                         A Timely Message Pixabayhourglass-620397_1920

I challenge us all to start by coming closer to this wonderful Savior we have. We don’t have to do it alone!

  • Read God’s Word. Yes, that’s right, the Bible! It is His blueprint for us to live by. There are many translations available for you to find one just right for you. Surely we can read and learn life’s lessons from the very one who created us, right? I would suggest reading one chapter of Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs each day. They involve worship, and wisdom you can’t do without.
  • Pray. It thrills my heart to know how much God desires to have a real relationship with us. And the way He speaks to us is not only through His Word, the Bible, but through prayer also. Try using Jesus’ model prayer in Matthew chapter six. Remember, it’s just talking with your Heavenly Father who loves you so much. Also, practice makes perfect.
  • Commit yourselves TODAY to Him and dedicate yourself to His plan for you. His plan is in His Word. He teaches us how to live and survive our troubles, but we must be willing to be the student.

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Who will join me? Let me know in the comments section. I love hearing from you!

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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