Tomorrow's List

Are you a list maker? I think most of us probably are because there are so many things going on in our lives that we can’t keep up with them without a list.  The problem is the things that keep getting constantly moved to the bottom because they are less important or that is how we are classifying them.  I wonder if our Lord agrees with our evaluation.  I know, for myself, that if I feel something is harder to do or there is a question about whether it is even something, I should do that it is easy to keep moving it to the bottom.  Do you ever wonder if the Lord would agree with your thinking?

I don’t know if you have ever considered just why you are here on this earth.  Were you created for a purpose and if so have you fulfilled your purpose or is it still ahead of you?  You may not even be aware of what it is the Lord created you for, but you can be sure He had a reason.  How can you determine that reason?  God’s Word tells us early in the book of Genesis that God created man in His own image (1:27).  Why would He do that?  Could it be because He, as many bosses would do, was delegating this particular project to those beneath Him in order to achieve an end result to His liking?  You would have to admit that we have not done a very good job.  We have managed to create but without the original quality that was desired.  In our world we are usually given another chance to get it right, but there is always an end to patience.  Forgive us, Lord, and help us to consider our responsibility with the gravity it deserves.

In the first book of our Bible, we are told So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  (Genesis 1:27-28) Those are very familiar words, but have we shoved them into the closet and shut the door?  Maybe over the years we have just revalued their intent and we are now in the process of assuming that our likes and dislikes are how we should value the workings of our world.  Don’t laugh, it just might be truer than not!

Okay! So, if we admit to that thought, whether we like it or not, is it too late to do anything about it?  After all, we are only one voice among many.  How can we possibly make a difference?  If we try to be realistic, we will realize that there is no way one voice can change the world so why waste our time?  And yet, it only took one man to give His life to make it possible for all of us to have what the Father intended in the first place - one life, one choice to give us more than what we ever could imagine.  I don’t know about you, but that is one choice I will not toss out the door.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, the morning light, the lily white declare their Maker’s praise.  That is an old song.  It is true that a lot of valuable time has passed, but truth is still truth and cannot be overcome.  Many of us can look back and think about the things we wished we had done or not done, but the clock is still running and there is still time to choose the life we were created for.  This is one thing we cannot cram for at the last moment, but our loving, Heavenly Father, still has His arms open wide as He patiently waits and prays that His precious children will see the light before it is too late.

This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong is oft so strong God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world the battle is not done,Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and heaven be one.