Filling up your diary
“My times are in your hand…” ~ Psalm 31:15
The banner displayed outside the shop read ‘Diaries for 2008 available. Booking for corporates started already’. It is the second week in November and the sale of diaries has already begun. For some of us the next year’s activities have already been scheduled with appointments and board meetings. The forecast for business turnover, growth index, capital investments and expected returns have been earmarked. Pleasure trips and traveling itinerary punctuate the pages. Expectations soar as the career path for 2008 is drawn.
But let’s pause and reflect. Is life all about just making money or tasting success in career, or enjoying the benefits of business growth? Is it all about pleasure pursuits and indulgences in luxury? Is it all about pampering the senses? Isaiah 55:2 says, ‘ Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which does not satisfy? John 6:27 says, ‘Labour not for food that spoils, but for food that endures unto everlasting life…” And Jesus said, ‘My food is to do the works for which God my Father sent me.’
We all have been given one lifetime packaged with good works designed by God. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are chosen to do good works which God in advance prepared for us to do. Yes. There are specific works, designed and divinely ordained by God for each of us to do within our span of life. Taking time to visit an orphan, treating a needy person to a good meal, lending a helping hand to the destitute, helping someone find a job, being a listening ear to the hurting, being a friend to the lonely…… such works will never rust or wear out in time. They will stand as a testimony throughout eternity.
Let’s fill up our diaries with God ordained works and activities that make a difference in the lives of others – by making our lives count.
“Dear Jesus, Lord, I want to make my life count. Enable me to do the works that bring delight to You. May whatever You will happen in my life. Amen.”