A Collection Of Minutes
What has happened to 2015 .. Seriously.. I mean September was only around for a split second, or so it seemed. It was foretold to me that this would happen. I am sure others have heard the same, as we get older time just flies.on.by. It is truth. Now as we are on the verge of holiday blitz, I find myself being quite reflective of the concept of time in general.
In 2 Peter 3:8 it states, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” We all are here on this globe but only a snippet in the span of eternity, yet what a very important piece it is to us. By no means do I claim to have everything figured out or the perfect path to follow (in fact - trust me I don’t … but I happen to know the Bible has all that info), but what I do have are three things I have concluded to be important when thinking about time.
1. Where is God?
Where is God (Father, Son and Spirit) in your daily talk, walk and thought?
In our fast pace world it is easy to get caught up by things that have no real significance and even those that do, especially if you are a big hearted and caring individual. Also, it doesn’t help if you are one of the millions of people on this globe with some sort of attention issue. However, no matter how full our plate is or how many times we must reread that verse again, we must always take time for God. Time spent with Him and for Him is the best time. When one spends time with God, they deepen their relationship with the Trinity. They make themselves open to receive divine wisdom, instruction and understanding. As it is becoming more acceptable to worship a tree than the Savior and Creator of the world, the aforementioned seems that is would be an invaluable resource for dealing with what is and what is to come.
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.
2. Do You Share The Wealth?
Are you busy about your Father’s business speaking and showing the truth of Jesus Christ, helping others, and doing what you can for mankind?
You can be penniless, but still help others. I know because as someone who works with the homeless I see it. I see people who have ‘nothing’ according to the world’s standards, share that ‘nothing’ with those that they meet. A kind word, a welcoming smile, left-over’s from that good eatery you just had – in which you think you are going to eat them tomorrow – but you know you aren’t, a hug (my favorite), are all acceptable ways to share and show the love that has been given to us (John 15:12). Also, if you need help finding a place in your area, you let me know (HollieMarie[at]ShadesofSunshine[dot]com) – I enjoy researching such things. ☺
3. Are You Moving On?
Is your mind set hopefully on things to come or in a pit of regret over the past?
Regret is lame. Like it is all you want to nom on is a pb&j sandwich, but all you have in the house is ketchup and a bagel lame. Now of course there is helpful regret, which improves upon your present and future. The kind of live it, learn it & grow from it; something that could be considered passing regret. Then there is the, oh my gosh, I should haven’t done/said that and now because of it my life is forever changed and I have lost him/her/them as a result regret, which has the uncanny ability to stick the very fibers of your hair like bubblegum. Lame.
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”
2 Corinthians 7:10
2 Corinthians 7:10
The Bible is truth. Jesus was the Son of God who came, died and rose, so that we might be offered eternal life. As such, when you accept Him as Savior, Redeemer, Lord, King, etc., your sins are forgiven by God (past, presents and future), and (long term) regret really is just a stumbling block to all He has to offer. If all we do is keep looking in the past, we will trip-up in the present and potentially dive face first into a wall in the future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
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