Monday, June 25, 2007

Live Each Day As Your Last

Do you ever feel like you’ve been a failure?
Like you try hard but it seems like you can
never be the person God wants you to be?
Or feel like you’re wasting time and
aren’t doing anything for the Lord?
I have!
There are so many times
I know what I should be doing,
but I do what I want to do instead,
thinking “I can do that later”
or “I can quit doing this later”.
Twice in the Bible
it talks about redeeming the time.
(Ephesians 5:16 and Colossians 4:5)
Because when this life is over,
only what’s done for Christ will last.
We only have one chance to do the Lord’s will.

A while ago in Sunday school, we had read:
“For God shall bring every work into judgment,
with every secret thing,
whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
~ Ephesians 12:14
EVERY thing we do will appear at the judgment seat of Christ.
Now that’s kind of a scary thought!
I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in ourselves,
we don’t keep it straight in our minds
that God is watching us, always.
He knows EVERY thought,
action, desire, & imagination.
And sometimes, when the Lord reveals
what we have been doing,
we may say “Oh, I’m sorry, forgive me Lord!”
and then go and do it again!

The fact is, we don’t know how long
we are going to be here.
God can take us whenever He pleases.
So, the challeng is to live each day as your last.
If this was your very last day on earth,
how would you spend it for the Lord?
Life is only so long-
made up of so many days, hours,
and minutes to make the right choice.
Once that time goes by,
there’s no pushing rewind
and redoing it the way it should have been done.
Now, death isn’t the only thing
that will end our chance.
Jesus says,
“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day
nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
~ Matthew 25:13
He also says,
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always,
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all
these things that shall come to pass,

and to stand before the Son of man.”
~ Luke 21:36

We are commanded to watch, for Jesus may come anytime!
Before we do something, we might want to think,
"Would I want to be doing this when Jesus comes back?”
Sometimes we think, “I just can’t! I’ve tried! It’s too hard!”
But God tells us that,
“I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me.”
~ Philippians 4:13
Just ask Him for the strength
and He’ll give it to you.

I have had struggles, specifically with my thought life,
but hadn’t been experiencing real success
until I started turning my battles completely over to the Lord.
God gives us the strength to do what He commands.
He doesn't want us to feel like failures.
All we have to do is admit that we can’t do it without Him,
and ask Him for victory daily.
“Ask, and it shall be given you…”
~ Matthew 7:7a
This ‘shall’ is a promise.
If we ask in faith, we will receive.
As one of my favorite songs says,
“The battle is His, the victory is mine; And victory is sweet!”

He will give us the victory!
"But thanks be to God, which giveth us
the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
1Corinthians 15:57

I encourage you to live each day as your last.
Watch for Jesus, He’ll be here any time!


Autumn said...

Those are words of wisdom!

Rebecca R. said...

I am a married stay home, homeschooling mama to my 6 dear children, 9 years down to 13 month old twins. I came to your blog through a link on someone else's blog about your contest. I just have to say that this post really spoke to me, and was something I needed to hear right now. Thank you for such thoughtful encouragement from one your age! That is wonderful that even at your age, you can be an encouragement to many people. By the way, what music is playing in the background of your blog--I love it!

Dina said...

You are a very talented young lady. Words of wisdom you wrote here well done once again,

HsKubes' Gal said...

Thank you.

Mrs.Rebecca R.~
I’m so glad this was a blessing to you. And thank you for your kind words.
P.S~ How cute that you have twins! I’ve always wanted some!

Thank you for your words of encouragement. They were a blessing to hear.



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