I've been reading a lot of blogs lately where people are complaining.
It's SOOOOO easy to complain.
I know, because I'm in that boat too.
I'm tired. The kids are getting into everything. The baby won't stop crying. I have appointments to make. The house won't stay clean. We don't have enough money for new glasses. I can't get my bible study in. The laundry piles are eating me alive!!!
That's not hard at all. I typed those in about two seconds.
It's even more easy to let the complaints swallow you whole and sink down into the mire of just trying to survive each day. (I'm really picturing the house collapse around me and sink down into the ground)
I was getting swallowed alive by the monotony and the endless struggle I have in racing towards my pillow.
So God started leaving me clues on how to climb out.
First, our pastor talked about Christ's 1000 year reign and how we wouldn't have to struggle with our flesh anymore - it really got me to thinking about how I'm struggling directly against my flesh and the devil every single day.
Then I started coming across verses about my days.
Colossians 4:5 (KJV) Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. (seizing every opportunity)
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (the song has been on my mind as well)
James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
We have only been given ONE life to live. And as Christians, we should WANT (besides being required) to live it FOR God.
All we have is today. Tomorrow is not a certainty (though eternity is).
If I don't live this very second for Christ, I can never get it back to do over. All of my seconds before this that were wasted on me are gone now. When I was googling this morning, I was NOT spending time with my kids.
The dishes don't matter. (trust me on this one)
Worrying won't get me anywhere.
What I can do is bring glory to God with my actions.
A little less time on the computer. A little more play time with my children.
A little less time trying to keep the house clean (it just aint gonna stay that way). A little more time praying and reading God's Word.
A little less time watching tv. A little more time teaching my daughters some life skills.
See a pattern here?