November 6, 2019
Yesterday, November 5th, was Sandra’s birthday. She turned 70 years old. I asked Sandra, “Do you feel any older?” She said, “No. Actually, I feel better than I have in years. And I’m very grateful to be alive.”
I paraphrased Psalm 90:10 to Sandra where the psalmist said we were given 70 years to live. And if we’re lucky, we’ll live to be 80 years old. We all know that not everybody lives to be 70 years old. Many people die very young. James said our lives were like a dim fog, just here for a short while. And Job compared our lives to a breath. We’re all going to die. That’s why we should celebrate every day of our lives. For Sandra’s special day yesterday, I surprised her with a very beautiful necklace/earring/bracelet set. She was very proud of it, as she loves jewelry.
Today may not be your birthday but you should celebrate anyway. I had a board chairman at one of the churches I pastored who was famous for saying, “Every day above ground is a good day.”
I knew a man years ago who was building a new house out at his farm. He and his wife were downsizing from a big house they had owned in town for many years. This man was in his middle seventies at the time. I visited him on his farm while the new house was under construction. I commented on how neat and clean his fence rows were, and bragged on many things I could see he had been doing on his farm. I’ll never forget how he responded to me. He said, “Well, at my age I don’t have as much energy as I used to have, and I’m a lot slower. But my philsophy is to try to accomplish at least one thing every day.”
God gave each of us our lives for a particular purpose. It’s no accident as to who our parents are, where we were born, when we were born, or how much money we would have. There are NO accidents with God.
God told Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul and many others we read about in the Bible, that he knew them before, or when, they were in their mother’s womb. God knew even before their births what He wanted them to do with their lives. And it only stands to reason that if God wants you to do something, He will give you the ability, skills, desire and opportunities to accomplish it.
Jesus was talking to Nathanael in John chapter 1 and telling him some things about him. Nathanael asked Jesus how he knew all those things about him. Jesus told Nathanael, “I’ve known all about you forever, even before Philip called you to follow him while you were under a fig tree.”
Yes, Jesus knows all about you. He knows your potential better than you or anybody else does. He also knows your every ache and pain, both physical and mental. He knows your every worry and fear. He knows everything about you and STILL loves you and gave you a life to serve him.
So, what have you accomplished with your life so far? If you don’t think you’ve accomplished much, don’t despair. Today’s a brand new day. And as the old, and true, adage says, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Ask God for direction to show you what He wants you to do. And I promise you, He’ll not only show you what to do, but also give you the ability to do it.
God Bless You,