Since this is shortly going to become 2017 you may be wondering why this title doesn’t say a new year. Maybe that is just exactly what the Lord told me for a new year can allow for the passage of many days and whether you want to agree at this point in time our days may be numbered, meaning we had best make the most of each day we are granted. I know I often have a running list for what needs to be done tomorrow, but most frequently it is just what I need without thought for what God would like for me to do. Whether you choose to believe it or not God has always had a specific plan in mind for my life as well as for yours. I am sure you don’t want to disappoint Him any more than I do. So how do we need to handle things to make sure every day is a new one with unlimited opportunities?
Normally I would suggest making a list and doing my best as the day moves from beginning to end, but even as I say that I know in my heart that won’t cut the mustard. There is a lot to be considered for each day of our lives. The Psalmist gives us a good beginning for each day when he says This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (118:24). One of the very best ways to show the love we feel for our Creator is to show the world our joy, the joy that comes from knowing our Savior and knowing He cares for us. People in the world today long for joy and as we read the newspapers and listen to the TV we know that joy is one of the major things that is missing in this world. There are many things we cannot individually change, but we can show the world our joy in having and knowing our Savior, the One who will eventually do away with the evil of this world.
Another thing we can strive to do is to include in our lengthy lists something that is not simply for ourselves, but something that will bring a smile to another face. It might mean deliberately going to the hospital to pray for someone in need or it could be as simple as paying for lunch for someone who is wistfully observing another eating a fat and juicy hamburger. There are so many needs that we walk by in a hurry focusing only on what we need to accomplish. The early song writers wrote many songs with depth and focus that we sing automatically without thought. Open my eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth Thou hast for me…Open my mouth and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere. We have clouded our minds with so many thoughts that we not only don’t see, we don’t look for the opportunities to live the life Christ created us for in the first place.
Is it too late to change our ways? The disciples heard directly the words of our Lord and took to heart that I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no man can work (John 9:4). It is true that there will come a day when all our efforts will no longer matter; a day when we will each face our Lord and listen to His opinion of our lives while on this earth and it will be too late to go back and do it over. We won’t be given advance notice. Luke tells us Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down…and that Day come on you unexpectedly. (21:34)
As we make our New Year’s resolutions let us ask our Creator to help us make our best effort to change our habits; to give some of what He has blessed us with to those who need His love and help so desperately. We cannot know how our days are numbered, but I, for one, don’t want to face my Lord without knowing I have done my best.
Lord, forbid I make Thy due nothing but the residue!
Idle moments of each day as time enough in which to pray;
Fragments of myself – the rest – after self has claimed the best;
Thoughts and talents at frayed ends, remnants, as my fancy wends.
Help me, Lord, lest this be true – I give Thee but residue.
- Arthur Boand