Time Ab(use)

Hmm…Time
An asset constantly abused.
No resource more wasted,
On pleasures – food, parties and sex;
On pursuits – fame, power and money.
Selfishly.

For no one it waits.
Yet we live as if it does.
Tick, tock, tick, the moment is gone,
Absolutely irrecoverable.
The months, years you think you’ll have
Are seeping away today.

Live today,
Gainfully employing time,
To do that which you keep putting off.
Read, visit, pray, think, teach, blog…
Whatever you do, seek to
Serve, not yourself, but others.

The hours rush by,
Sunrise, sunset switch places in the sky,
Moments become years as time ebbs.
‘Tomorrow I will do it’, you say,
In delusion you lose today forever.
‘Why not Now?’

‘One day, or day one,
You decide.’

What is one thing you should do, but have been putting off?

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Earth Appeal

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I drive the latest Porsche, own a pricey home in the choicest of neighbourhoods. Forbes acknowledges me – my influence is unmistakable, many charities and mission efforts are funded by me. I have more than I can spend. Wow!

This is a sneak peek into my world of fantasy. Impressive and enviable right.

But is that all there is to life? Wealth? Fame? Influence? Luxury?

Wealth is very beneficial; Fame and influence open doors and create opportunities; living in luxury is admirable. Problem arises if they are the object of our undivided attention. When you are defined by them, you are set on a collision course with disaster.

Silver and gold appeal
Wealth and riches are real
But they really do not heal.

Luxury is hard to appease
It reels you in, after a tease
Finishing with smooth ease.

Prosperous? Careful, you may keel,
Your aim, strikes your heel,
Till you in defeat, kneel.

Like home, earth will become.
Yet your life, really is lonesome,
Empty, pointless, and burdensome!

C. S. Lewis puts it more succinctly in one of his classics, The Screwtape Letters:

‘Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it’, while really it is finding its place in him. His increasing reputation, his widening circle of acquaintances, his sense of importance, the growing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, build up in him a sense of being really at home in earth. You will notice that the young are generally less unwilling to die than the middle-aged and the old.’

Sobering right? And also familiar. Most people, if not all, can identify with the human condition described above, albeit in varying degrees.

C. S. Lewis is so right, it seems his analysis is a prediction for today, rather than a description of the human nature as seen six decades ago.

I wonder, how much of the world have I allowed to seep into my life? What imprint have I made  on the world?

Can life be meaningful? What gives life meaning? Please share your thoughts.

The Newness!

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Sunrise, flower buds, childbirth, January 1st, are all signs of life and newness.

They are all indicative of a fresh start. But over time, the sun will set; the bud will become a flower, then a fruit and it’s gone; a child grows and eventually dies; every new year will give way to another, just as the newness of the year 2017 has waned. Newness of this sort is sure to be affected by the passage of time.

In time, everything new gets old.

But not so for the newness that comes with accepting Jesus as Saviour and Lord – it is both progressive and eternal.  This is the newness that is referred to as being born-again (1 Corinthians 5:17) – the newness that is not adversely affected by time, instead it gets better, like wine.

Physically, new becomes old. But the newness in Jesus remains new and gets better. This is only possible through the Holy Spirit.

“…’not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”
(Zechariah 4:6).

Also,

“Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil (old self) is taken away. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him [new continually] as we are changed into His glorious image.”
2 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT) (Zechariah 4:6).

You can download a booklet on how to live the Spirit-filled life here

Our world desperately needs ‘new’ people. Young men and women who are in a growing relationship with Jesus;  whose minds are renewed daily by God’s word, the Bible, not without the unmistakable beauty of godly, purposeful and authentic living.

This is God’s will for you and me. He wants to use our youthful exuberance, abilities and relationships to make a lasting impact for eternity. Please do not put off making the commitment to a life of total devotion to Jesus and complete obedience to the Holy Spirit.

If you make yourself AVAILABLE, He will make you ABLE.

What do you think about this kind of newness?