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what will you do with today?

time will pass.
the calendar days are merciless in that respect.
only the very God of the universe
can make the days stand still.

days pass.
what will you do with them?

i was shocked to see
it has been more than a month
since my last post.

my high-strung self freaked out a little.
but my more rational side chimed in on that hissy-fit.
what exactly have i been doing in that time?
here i sit.
in one sense, shocked that it has been so long.
yet reality graciously whispers,
showing that time has not merely passed during this month away.
God simply had other plans for my time.

what plans
does God have
for your time?

time will pass.
the calendar days are merciless in that respect.
only the very God of the universe
can make the days stand still.

“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘O sun, stand still at Gibeon, and O moon in the valley of Aijalon.’  So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies…and the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.  There was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.” –Joshua 10:10-14

did you catch it?
verse 14 is very important.

“there was no day like that before it or after it…”

did you get that?  your days will not ever get longer.  you will not get more hours in a day, more days in a year, or more years in your decade.

the mercilessness of the calendar demands that you make choices.

what will you do with today?
what will you let go?
and what will you keep?
what will you do today to advance your future self, family, life?

the year i graduated with my master’s degree was quite the family event.  on that same day, from that same university, my mom was hooded—-that’s graduate school speak for graduating with a ph.d.  that day was more than twenty years in the making.  it’s a story of enduring bit by bit.  and it is a testimony of speaking wisdom, acting on that wisdom, and the power of using your days.

decades earlier, she left college after her sophomore year.  she worked as dad finished his degree.  and then came job transfers and children.  only when i, their youngest, was supposed to enter kindergarten did mom re-enroll in college.

she finished her bachelors.  and at some point in there, she took a job at the university.  that job meant the opportunity to take up to two classes per semester at $5 per class.  my dad’s wisdom in perspective won out–“twenty years will pass whether you go to school or not.  so in twenty years, do you want to have this done?  or do you want to be wishing you had done it?”  so she entered graduate school, two classes at a time.

a masters, CPA, and a ph.d. later, we stood on her graduation day.

the years did pass.
and the time was used.
her study chair was well-used,
and us kids (somewhat successfully, and sometimes without hassle…sometimes)
pitched in around the house.
my parents ran the family business, dad joined the university staff, they closed the family business, raised three college-educated kids, and now are awaiting their fourth grandchild.

the years passed.
some were lean.
some weren’t.
they were all busy.

but life would have been busy regardless.

the wisdom of a husband
putting time in perspective
resulted in not only a well-educated wife,
but also well-educated children.
we saw that it took dedication.
and we saw that it took a strong support structure.

we reap the rewards of his wisdom.
and we reap the rewards of both of their endurance.

time will pass.
whether you exercise…or not.
whether your read that book…or not.
whether you start that business,
or commit fully to whatever Christ wants in your life,
or visit your family,
or travel the world.

time will pass.
what will you do with it?

remember Joshua?
let’s revisit verse 14 for another dose of wisdom:

“…for the Lord fought for Israel.”    –Joshua 10:14

God can make the sun stand still.
sometimes physically.
sometimes by giving us energy to keep going.
sometimes by bringing along helpers to take some of the load.
sometimes by giving a dose of wisdom from a loved one.

time is more than something you decide how to fill.
it is God’s gift.
it is merciless.
but used well,
and following His purposes,
you will be amazed at what can be accomplished
in those brief 24 hour each day.

it won’t be easy.
read that again: it won’t be easy.
but it will be worth it.

it wasn’t easy for mom to study 18 hours a day for six weeks just before her CPA exam.  and it certainly wasn’t easy for three teenagers to be quiet in the house while she did it.  and it couldn’t have been easy for dad to watch the weariness drain his wife.

but she only had to take the exam once.  and when it was done, we could all breathe easy.

the dream God is calling you toward may bring stress to the family.
but it will also bring reward.

trust Him where He leads.
endure through the ebbing energy.
and as the years pass,
you will be further along,
looking back at the day you decided to walk the path…
rather than at that point,
wondering what the future might bring.

take the step.
take that walk.
and see the fulfillment of Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

When you walk the path
God has laid,
not only will you find contentment,
your very walk
will glorify the Father.

so put on your walking shoes
and show that calendar Who is Boss.

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