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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Just Enough Time to Do God’s Will

In review of Ecclesiastes 3:13 it says, “All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God's gift.”

Bottom Line:
Eat, drink and enjoy what we work for, it is God’s gift to us.

What this means to me:
I should eat, drink and find satisfaction in what I have worked for, for this is God’s gift to me.

It seems so many in our culture are overworked, overstressed and overscheduled. I know I have felt times like this. When this occurs, it seems there is never enough time.  However, what I’m learning is that I have just enough time to do God’s will.

This means that if I don’t feel I have enough time in my day, one of two things is true. Either:

I’m doing things God doesn’t intend for me to do.
I’m doing the things God intended, but in the wrong way.

God wouldn’t give me a list of things to do and not give me the time to do them. Either I’m trying to do too much or I’m wasting time. There’s really no other option.

Either way, I need to learn to enjoy the moment. The Bible says, “All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God's gift.” (Ecclesiastes 3:13 GNT).

Rick Warren explains that too many fall victim to a terrible trap that he calls “when and then” thinking. He goes on to say that we believe “when” we achieve a particular goal, we’ll be happy. Maybe that goal is graduation, marriage, or a financial goal. But you won’t be happy then. You’ll enjoy reaching that goal for three seconds, and then you’ll start asking yourself, “What’s next?” The cycle simply repeats.

So today I should consider if I’m feeling worn, burned or stressed out? God wants more for me. If I’m carrying an overwhelming load, it isn’t from Jesus. He says in Matthew 11, “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest …. the load I give you to carry is light” (Matthew 11:28, 30 NCV).

Every moment of life is a gift from God. He doesn’t want you to miss a single one.

In summary, I should learn to eat, drink and find satisfaction in what I have worked for, for this is God’s gift to me. Also, today I should consider how and if I need to change my priorities and schedule so that I’ll have enough time to do what God wants me to do?

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