Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Time is TOO Short

Some days you just don't feel like staying on track. You don't want to follow the rules. You don't want to do "what is best". Some people may not admit to that truth, but I do. I admit to wondering what it would be like to throw caution to the wind and be "wild". I wonder would it would be like to forget what people expect of you and what you expect of yourself and say the heck with it. I wonder what it would be like to have no consequences, no responsibilities, and no worries about doing what is right or what is best for all of those around you.

I may wonder and ponder, but not about to "wander" and look around. Here is the reality: you can't sit on the fence or have one foot in one door and one foot in another. There is no point in meandering along trying to bounce back and forth. God says you can't have it both ways. That is where my "wondering" ends. I can't dabble in sin, just a little here or a little there, and then expect to feel connected to Him. I can't successfully HEAR GOD if I have a heart full of anger, bitterness, and jealousy.

I've been thinking SO much about the extreme heartache so many people are going through. Since I'm a highly emotional person, tender hearted to the extreme, I easily find myself so burdened that I verge on the edge of depression just thinking about it. How can you not hurt for people and their situations? How can you heart not break to see what they are going through? All I know to do is to encourage these people to not give up, stand strong, and then petition God on their behalf. I admit, sometimes that doesn't seem like enough and I struggle with how to handle that. EVEN IF God provides them a miracle, the hurt they are going through is hard to watch. If you open your eyes and hearts, you can see it EVERY where you look.

IF nothing else, the situations that are around us should be telling us something VERY important. WE have our priorities wrong. WE aren't reaching out enough. WE are only going to "make it" in this day and time if we fully commit our lives to God. It's obvious that WE CAN NOT do it on our own. HEARTACHE is real. It's more than being stressed, tired, and overwhelmed. REAL hearts are being broken. Parents don't know which way to turn in raising their children AGAINST the grain anymore. Parents are facing issues with their children THEY never dreamed they would face. Job loss. Medical emergencies. Loss of EVERY kind. Financial stress like never before. Broken marriages and infidelity every direction you turn.

How do you find peace and comfort in such times? God is the simple answer. He gives hope when things seem hopeless. Even if the situation doesn't change or the miracle you seek doesn't happen, God is still in control and He can lift you through ANY dark situation.

Something that I think we as a society are forgetting is that how quickly time passes. Our children grow in a blink of an eye. Stability can be shaken in an instant with just one bad decision. There isn't time to wonder about living life on the wild side. There isn't time to dabble in sin and think that it doesn't have consequences. Time is fleeting and it can be over in a blink of an eye. You may think that JUST ONE more day and you will turn your life over to God. What's JUST one more day? One more day is something that isn't guaranteed.

Just this weekend a local mother, one that was a cheerleading coach and well thought of, died in a completely FREAK accident. Do you think she had ANY idea that her life was going to end while looking at pictures, sitting on football bleachers of a freshman football jamboree? She had no idea that her life was going to end on Saturday afternoon when a utility pole would come crashing down. She didn't leave her home that morning to go watch her son at the ballgame and know that she would die. Life ended in a TRUE blink of an eye. We are NOT guaranteed one more breathe. There may not be time to invite God to take control of your life. Even if you life another 20 years or more, wouldn't each of those days matter more and mean more to have God with you through every thing you face. Just a thought.

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