Saturday, January 17, 2015

See that time with different eyes, see that task with a transformed heart

"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times.  But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."

So J. R. R. Tolkien penned these words in his epic story The Hobbit.

And what of the story God is writing in you?  How are we responding to the time that God has given us?

I was moved to tears over this news story (to view, click this link) of the tragedy and redemption of a young man's life.  The outcome was incredible.  But what was even more remarkable to me was the faithfulness and love of his parents in taking care of him for a dozen years without knowing the outcome. 

God does not call us to be successful or significant, but faithful to Him.

For some of us, that means following God into a dark wilderness without knowing where we are going.  For others, that means following God right where we are, being faithful and available for His divine appointments and purposes without knowing the outcome.  How can anyone of us know what is "significant?"  Who is to know how God is using you?  Whether the corner office or changing bedpans, He calls us to be faithful.

For His glory,
   for His glory alone.

Whatever your task,
work heartily,
as serving the Lord and not men,
knowing that from the Lord
you will receive
the inheritance as your reward;
you are serving the Lord Christ.

                  Colossians 3. 23-24

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