How often have you been told to forget your past, only to have it haunt your memories overwhelm you with guilt and paralyze you in shame? For those who struggle with past failures, it can feel like a wave that hits you and tries to take you down.
Christ followers are described as clay pots containing a priceless treasure. The pots used in Biblical times were common, cheap, breakable, baked clay pots. Still, these common ordinary pots, as expendable as they were, would often contain valuable treasure. The value of the pot was measured, then, by what it contained.
The goal of the one-month-to-live lifestyle is to live a life of no regrets. Many regrets are not without good intentions. The problem is that we were not intentional in carrying them out. If you knew that your days were limited, you would become much more intentional with your time and resources.
It was Sunday of the week that Jesus would be crucified, and the Passover festival was about to begin. Jews came to Jerusalem from all over the Roman world during this week-long celebration to remember the exodus from Egypt. Many in the crowds had heard about Jesus and the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead.
Where do you spend most of your time? You might say at work or school. The demands of life and responsibilities of day-to-day activities make it difficult for us to find balance. You may have to make a radical adjustment in your schedule to make the time you need, both quality and quantity, with those you love the most.
One of the most difficult lessons in life is how to accept loss. And it’s an ongoing process since our lives constantly change and we’re forced to confront the harsh realities of a world that’s far from perfect. Whether you are single or married, a teacher or a student, a business executive or stay-at-home mom, you have most likely faced some moment when your world was shaken to its foundation.
People who discover that their time is limited often make radical lifestyle changes. They give up workaholism and slow down the pace of their lives, relinquish the pursuit and collection of material possessions and finally enjoy the fullness of what they already have.
Change is just a part of life. The winds of change will either make you stronger or knock you down. In marriage, the problems and trials will either draw you closer together or destroy your relationship. In your body, illness and injury can destroy your spirit or make you stronger than ever. In your career, a lost opportunity can snuff out your dream or inspire you to fan the flames more vigorously. It all depends on your response.
Are you as grateful as I am that a GPS – Global Positioning System – has become available for in-car use and on your mobile phone? I don’t know how I found my way without one. But, a GPS isn’t just for navigating between geographic locations. It represents a great way to consider what God has instilled in us to help us find the road to an abundant life.
How do we discover who we were meant to be? Whether you’re seriously asking this question for the first time or have been pondering it for many years, the starting point is the same. First, you must look up to the Source of your creation if you’re truly going to comprehend who you are and what you were created to do.