August 16, 2017 at 9:56 am #30423
Most of us want to do some great thing with our lives; something noteworthy or something people will be proud of. But we labor under the illusion that the doing truly great is reserved for a chosen few – sports stars, politicians, heroes, and martyrs.
The greatest thing is not to go out in a blaze of glory, but to honor God with a life well lived that seeks to do His will in the little things. You do not have to climb the highest mountain, but to stay upright on the uneven course that life has marked out for you. You don’t necessarily have to die for your faith but stay true to it over a difficult lifetime.
Try thinking of the 24-hour blocks of your life as fresh bundles of a $100 bills. Your challenge each day is to “spend your life.” You can’t bank it. You can’t roll it over from day-to-day. You can’t save it. You get a fresh handful of life currency each morning, and any unspent balance evaporates before tomorrow comes. “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)
There are so many ways to spend your capital. The fun part is being imaginative and creative in finding new ways to get “bundle” broke. And all of us can do something. For example:
1. Mentoring a new employee who is struggling
2. Listening to a friend who is upset
3. Volunteering to help someone catch up.
4. Being generous with hard-earned money to help someone who has lost her job
5. Giving to a family that is being drained by long-term illness
6. Giving to the ministries of your church
7. Praying through your tears for a struggling child
8. Investing the time, energy, and passion molding a life for what lies ahead in this challenging world
9. Putting your love for a family member above career advancement
10. Spending time with people who need you more than money
11. Avoiding anything that calls for you to compromise some central value you have embraced
12. Being kind to your neighbor because of agape love
If we spend the smaller increments of our lives in unselfish, other-directed events that honor God by serving the people he has placed on our paths, we stand a great chance to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.” (Matthew 25:23). What a shame that many never developed a concept of serving God by serving men and women created in his image.
You have today’s life capital in your hand. Spend it wisely — in small increments of unselfishness here and there. God says, that if you do that, He will give you more. That’s what I call a divine spending plan. Spend more .. Get more.
Just my 2 cents worth.
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