January 06, 2008

Resolved (Day 4)

It's been a great weekend and I'm looking forward to another week of potential and to see what God will do. Tonight, I'm writing on Edwards' sixth resolution:

#6 – Resolved: To live with all my might, while I do live

Have you ever met those people in life that you're not sure whether or not they're really alive or if they are somehow just walking around in a semi-comatose state being kept upright by some mysterious drug?

I mean seriously, have you ever seen em? Or have you ever talked with folks that when you ask them what's been going on in their lives lately, the answer they give is the same answer they could have given thirty years ago?

Or the same answer they would have given you when they were in high school? How many of you have those friends that all they can talk about is the past? How many of you have those people that love to reminisce about the old times but the present times don't seem to be producing much in their lives?

I think that's what Edwards is getting at here. He saw that in life, we have to be intentional about living. We have to wake up every day and look at life with an optimism that God has something really great planned for us today. We have to trust that God is wanting to continue doing something in our lives. We have to know that God isn't done with us yet.

We can't rest on our laurels or on the past. We have to look to the future. Enjoy the past, learn from it, treasure it, but don't try to live in it. There are brand new chunks of 24 hours given to you every day. What are you doing to make the most of them?

Are you doing the same old thing at your job? Are you doing the same old thing as a parent? Are you doing the same old thing as a spouse? Are you doing the same old thing at your church? Are you doing the same old thing as a person?

What are you living for? And once you answer that question, then you really have to look at the effort your exerting in life to experience it. There are people in this world that have weeks, months, and years packed with memorable and life-changing experiences. Why? Because they are living with all their might! They realize that you get one shot at this.

There are not do-overs. If we are going to do something, we had better do it now. There are risks to be taken for the cause of Christ. There are churches to be started. People to be evangelized. Truths of God's word to be apprehended. And the question begs to be asked, what kind of effort are you putting forth?

Are you giving life your all? Or are you simply clocking in and clocking out?

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