Friday, July 24, 2009

There will be an end.

Life has been on my mind a lot lately, or rather, the shortness of it. A while back, I was reading a person's post on the end times. He felt like the "end times" (biblically speaking) were not near, but were used as a scare tactic.

Now, I don't know if the end times will be in our life time, but I do know that we will ALL meet an end to this life one way or another. People seem to forget that, even if Jesus doesn't come back in our life span, there will still be a finale to life as we know it. So, really, it doesn't matter if the "end times" are almost here or not, because we could die at any moment. We are not guaranteed any specific amount of time on this earth.

A couple months ago, I confessed to a group of my friends that I felt I had gotten a little too relaxed in my life and had begun to take it for granted. I told them I had decided to do a "life remodel" and would be challenging myself to step out of my box and try something new.

I eased into it by making a commitment to say yes more. As a parent, I have found myself saying no (in various forms and ways) to the requests of my children simply because I either don't want to step away from what I'm doing at that particular moment, or... *shame* because I'm feeling lazy. So, I began to say yes to my children more often.

I also decided I should get up earlier, which went well until I got really sick and couldn't get out of bed for a few days.

I said yes to playdates, to letting them test out messy recipes, to playdough, to letting them play with the water facet outside (ah, simple pleasures, right?), and one day, instead of giving them baths, I sent them into the backyard with a bar of soap to play in the sprinkler. (That's going to be one of those stories they tell their own kids some day.)

This "Yes" attitude began to shift to different areas of my life. I decided to share my testimony with my small group, and was warmed and encouraged by their responses. God used that experience to push me on to share my testimony to more people, and I began to put myself out there for a ministry in public speaking- to youth or to women's groups.... something I had previous felt God's calling to do, but felt I wasn't "up for the challenge".

Of course, there we days (and weeks) when I withdrew and failed, but it definitely got me thinking outside of my normal box.

So often we're content to spin our wheels in the rut we've made thinking that, hey, if the wheels are moving, we must be getting somewhere, right? (WRONG!)

Lately, I've been more aware of what I do with my spare time. Ralph Waldo Emerson knew that spare time was a precious jewel:

"Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life."

Today, while I was fellowshipping with my good friend, Ashley, I noticed a stack of books on her side table. Ashley and her husband, John, have been doing a study with the youth group of their church using the book One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook. I asked if I could borrow one of the books to read over the weekend, and, even though I'm only a few chapters in, I have to say, this book is fantastic. The Shooks seem to take the thoughts right out of my noggin and the words right out of my mouth (except, better written than I ever could have!).

I have much more to say on the subject, but it is late (passed midnight!) and this laptop is about to die on me. I know I only scratched the surface today (mainly talking about the "natural" side of things, but I definitely intend to go more indepth. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Don't waste a minute of this time God has blessed you with!


Angie said...

Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
James 4:14

Words to live by.

Briefcase said...

...hey, if the wheels are moving, we must be getting somewhere, right? (WRONG!)

You hit the nail on the head there. I once had a sign that said,

"Blessed Are They Who Run Around in Circles,
For They Shall Be Known as Wheels."

Another nail you hit right where it ought to go is your observation on how our lives can end at any time. We should live our lives so we're ready to meet our Maker at all times.

You might find my free e-book, Walkabout: The History of a Brief Century interesting. It deals with the End Times, but also with a lot of other issues we should be aware of. I'd be grateful for your comments.

All the best,

Robert Hoge

Shadow said...

hey "sevin" ;) that is a really good point, one i never put together before. we have such a tendancy to make things seem bigger than ourselves and beyond our control ... (i don't know if that made any sense but it does to me, so thanks!)