JOURNEY TO EASTER: DAY 2
“… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2c (NIV)
The Psalmist prayed,
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 (KJV)
Is it just me, or does time seem to speed up when you hit middle age? Years begin to pass like days. When I was much younger, I remember how time sort of dragged on; I would often wonder when school would let out so I could play and do the things I wanted to do. Now, it seems to fly by me like a comet, leaving me wondering what I did with my time. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? But, instead of limiting us, our mortality can consistently remind us to be all we were made to be.
Often, we’re tempted to play it safe and settle for far less than we were made for. I know so many people whose favorite day of the week is Someday. Countless people in every stage of life say, “Someday I’m going to go for all that life has to offer.” “When I retire, then I’m going to enjoy life.” “Someday I’m really going to live for God and get my act together. I’ll start loving my family better.” “When I make enough money, then I’m really going to spend more time with my kids.” “Someday when my schedule slows down, then I’m going to get involved at church.” “When I have more time, then I’ll focus on being more spiritual.”
“Someday…” “One day…” “When…” “If…then.” When are we going to wake up and realize this is life?
This is your life, right here, right now. Someday is now. We’ll always be tempted to resort to the Someday Syndrome, but this mindset robs us. Someday, when whatever we’re looking for happens, then we’ll start living. When everything settles down someday, then we can savor life. But things won’t settle down. Once we attain what we think we want – more money, a less hectic schedule, the right job – we’ll soon realize that it doesn’t fulfill us, and we’ll begin looking for the next big thing.
God didn’t design us simply to stand by and watch life pass by, as we wonder why we aren’t more fulfilled. God created us to take risks in faith and to conquer the giants that paralyze us with fear.
The world says, “Don’t be ridiculous; be reasonable. Don’t stand out. Don’t take risks; play it safe and make security and comfort your primary goals in life.” God calls us to a life of faith, living every moment all out for Him. God didn’t create us to coast along on the “kiddie rides” or swim in a wading pool. Jesus said in John 10:10:
“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
He has promised us an abundant life. Maybe this seems far removed from where you see yourself right now. Take heart, as difficult and frightening as your life may be right now, God is still there. He cares about you beyond what you can understand or even imagine. Today, I want to challenge you to face your fears with ridiculous faith and experience the life God intended you to live.