You can’t go back.
The days roll forward with indifference; it’s up to you to make them count. It’s up to you how you shape and stretch the hours to form the life you choose to live.
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard
Your children are at your mercy with their hours and their days and their mornings and their nights. You are the god of their time. Are you digging your fingers into the clay that is the moments and molding something worth keeping?
How are your days?
Yes, you’re tired, I know. Some days you wish you could just have clear direction; you wish that the voice of the One would speak louder the voices of those who you aim to please. You want to please Him, but those voices…that person who you feel like you must live up to, or offer defense of your choices, or feel unworthy compared to them. If you just knew what to do, or what was pleasing to God, or who to listen to, you’d follow. In the depths of your heart you’re surrendered to the man who hung on the cross. The man who says, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
You want to follow; you want your days and the hours to matter. You want to push out the voices and cling to the One voice that matters. You want to live well and have integrity.
Here’s how you live a life that matters:
You choose surrender to the cross. You stop trying; you surrender.
You count the cost of your “yes.” The yes to surrender, the yes to the Bible study or the book club or the blog or travel or alone time or…
Every “yes” has a cost that a wise person must weigh.
“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:28 (NASB)
The only “yes” you should give without reserve is that to serve for Christ’s sake. The cross is heavy and painful and blood-stained. If you choose it, you choose surrender. You choose to serve and to lay down.
“Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.”
Luke 14:33 (MSG)
We must not love anything or anyone more than Jesus. But I believe that when we love Him above all, esteem Him above all, and surrender to Him before all, He will to mold our moments.
He will knead and roll and create beauty and life out of this clay, the clay that can only but be still before Him.
Let Him mold you and your days. Whisper off your mornings to Him, being conscious that you will accept the shape He gives. Say yes to Him, and guard your “yes” otherwise. Count the cost of your “yes.” Serve. And by the way, serving doesn’t mean you do more. When you serve “the least of these” you are serving Jesus. I think for many of us, the “least of these” is the eternal ones in our care. Don’t forget to serve your family.
“The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.” -Annie Dillard
What are you dedicated to? Do your hours match that dedication?
By Sarah Mae
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