Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:7-10 NIV
Some days I have to dig deep. The Lord doesn’t speak in obvious ways. He doesn’t give tangible signs that reassure me He is here. How bad do I want it, this gift of eternal life? Let me rest in Your peace, Lord. Let me seek you in the quiet. This is what will refresh me to keep doing good in Your Name.
When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ – 1 Kings 2:1-4 NIV
What will be my legacy when it is time to leave this world? Walking in the Lord’s Way, I hope to set an example for my children that will live on, to give encouragement by example and in word. Some days certainly better than others. Calling them and others on to be the best version of themselves is true love for them.
My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. “When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” -Ezekiel 33:31-33 NIV
Make my efforts and words be true to You, Lord, my motives pure and holy.
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked. – Psalm 82:3-4 NIV
There are so many superheroes in this world that give help to those in need. The coaches, the spiritual advisors, the teachers, social workers. They are nothing short of incredible. Giving the gift of time is the most precious of all. The movie Incredibles is one of my favorites. Each member of the family has their superpowers that can be called on when needed. Every situation needs a unique set of gifts, a different individual, to bring about the victory.
While I may not have the skills to save all, Lord, give me the eyes to see who needs my help and the gift of my time today. Amen.