Cats have nine lives, at least that’s what they say. Not sure I want them to have that many, since I’m a dog guy. It’s funny how phrases stick and end up being synonymous with an idea.
But we all know, cats do not have nine lives and we don’t either. We have one. What we do with it can impact generations and eternity, either for good or for bad. Therefore, our choices matter and determine so much.
The Bible has a lot to say about this topic. Here are two examples that convey this truth:
“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”Psalms 90:12 NKJKV
“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”James 4:14 NJKV
Notice how God is letting us know, we have one life, and we must make it count.
To make our life count, we have to realize we have one shot at this. Which is why it’s important to number our days, and then we receive wisdom. This reality shouldn’t make us somber but rather it should inspire us to do something in our lifetime that makes a difference. Furthermore, to stay focused on what matters most, so we maximize our days.
This is why keeping the main thing, the main thing is monumental for our lives. Jesus! He’s the reason why we live and He’s the one we worship. It’s because of what He did for us, that makes this life worth living and makes eternity a possibility.
So, we don’t have time for unforgiveness, to be bitter, petty, prideful, selfish, skeptical, angry, critical, vengeful, sarcastic, hateful, lustful and so much more. It’s these things that distract us from the mission of God, which is to seek and save the lost (see Luke 19:10).
Notice how the mission is simple and clear, and yet the enemy makes it convoluted, confusing and a competition of comparing ourselves to others. What’s sad is, this has worked for way too long.
Our time is NOW to remember, we have one life, make it count!
But how do we make it count?
We serve God and let His purpose be our purpose. We commit ourselves to Him and from that, we’re committed to His church and to reaching more people. Period!
Of course, He cares about our heath, families, money, careers, goals and yes, even our vacations. But these things are resources in our lives to the main thing of our lives. In fact, it’s these areas that He wants to bless, so that we’re empowered even more, to make our lives count.
Jude 22 says, “And on some have compassion, making a difference;”
Notice how compassion empowers us to make a difference. So through all the blessings God gives us, His compassion is to move through us, which empowers us to make our lives count. This is because, what we do for others, how we treat others and when we love others, is what lasts forever. It’s the relational part of our lives that have the capacity to leave an imprint for future generations and for eternity.
Therefore, I encourage you today, make your life count by loving others freely. Open your heart, live big, love boldly and choose to be a part of Jesus not only moving in your life, but also in the lives of others.
So, is your life making a difference? Are you living for something bigger than yourself?
The answer to these questions will determine a lot; moreover, it will impact our joy and sense of purpose.
Your life matters and your today is a gift, that we call the present. To articulate this further, I love this quote, “work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.”
This is our moment and this our time. We have one life, make it count!
Have a great day, making a difference for eternity,