Monday, May 13, 2019

Using Our Days Wisely

By: Joanne Viola

That the desires of the heart are to examined and governed
“My Son, thou hast still many things to learn, which thou has not well learned yet.”
What are they, Lord?
(The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis, The Third Book,  Chapter 11, page 65)
There is much we have yet to learn. Life will require a constant learning, exposing ourselves to information, knowledge, and experiences which will cause stretching and growth. This occurs only as we remain willing to be taught and have the knowledge imparted to us.  

The question we need to ask ourselves is,  “What are those things, Lord? What would You have us to learn today?”

We must not get distracted, as even good things can become a distraction from the best things that He places before us and calls us to do.

Never should we assume because it is exciting to us, or seems to be a wonderful opportunity, it is meant to be taken up by us.
We need to ask, “Is this Your will for me at this time?” Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians brings an exhortation to the early believers, and to us. 

“You say, “I am allowed to do anything” – but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything” – but not everything is beneficial.” (1 Corinthians 10:23, NLT)

Good desires can be a distraction from God’s best for us. 

Perhaps the questions we need to be asking when opportunities present themselves are:
  • Will this be beneficial, or profitable, in my life?
  • Will this be beneficial, or profitable, in the Kingdom?
  • Is this good or best, in the eyes of God?

Our days here are short. Numbered. Fleeting. May we use them wisely to the glory and honor of our Lord.
“Your days at the most cannot be very long, so use them to the best of your ability for the glory of God and the benefit of your generation.” (William Booth)

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  1. I love these Biblical questions you offer, Joanna! I know I want to use my days well, but it's easy to just get into the habit of stumbling through. May we be thoughtful as we live each day to the fullest!

    1. Stacey, it is easy to just stumble through, and you're right, it becomes a habit. May God awaken us so that we are better able to live each day to the fullest!

  2. Joanna,
    I used to think that just because I was asked, meant that something was meant for me to do. Your questions are great tools to discern if what is out there is actually good for me? One question I ask as well is, "Is this life giving?" In other words, am I doing this because it will give life to others and bring life into my life, or is it a guilt induced obligation? Right motives make for right decisions and ultimately the first concern is will it bring glory to God. Great reminders today!
    Blessings sweet friend,
    Bev xx

    1. Bev, I love the question you have added! May we truly say "yes" to the things which will ultimately be life giving and bring glory to God. I appreciate your thoughts today!


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