Thursday, February 17, 2011

Live Wisely

"Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom" 
—Psalm 90:12

Let's say that tomorrow morning you got a call from the president of your bank, and he told you that an anonymous donor who loved you very much would be depositing 86,400 pennies into your bank account every day. The only condition is that you will have to spend all of the money. You can't carry it over from one day to the next, and what isn't spent will be taken away. When you take out your calculator, you realize that it amounts to a lot of money each year.

Someone who loves you very much deposits 86,400 seconds into your bank of time every day. They cannot be carried over from one day to the next. There is no such thing as a 27-hour day. You are given 24 hours each day to use as you choose. And you can choose to give that time to the Lord. The Bible tells us to redeem the time, because the days are evil (see Ephesians 5:16). That means to make sacred and wise use of every opportunity.

God sent word to King Hezekiah through the prophet Isaiah, "Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die . . . " (Isaiah 38:1). Is your house in order? That is something you need to think about. There are important things to consider. Think about your legacy. Think about your life. Think about what you live for. Think about what you will be remembered for. Think about your effect on your family and on your children and on your grandchildren. Moses prayed, "Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).

Think about what kind of legacy you are leaving, because you never know when this could be your last year, your last month, or even your last day.

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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.  

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