Monday, October 05, 2015

October 5, 2015:  Fleeting Time

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 277  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Jim Croce singing his 1973 hit song Time In A Bottle, … expressing the reality how we must live our lives with the fleeting time we have. … And the irony is tragic in this song … in that Croce died suddenly one day in a plane crash in the very year this song was published.

Highlight Passage:   Psalm 39: 4 [NKJV] …  
4 “Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. 
…  Today is all we have to spend it for our God.
Highlight Context – Psalm 39: 4-13 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  Read and meditate upon David’s desperation in the face of passing time and his life’s circumstances.

Reference Passage #1 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … 
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. 
… Many can quote it; but how many really believe it and then live in its truth … every moment of every day.

Reference Passage #2 - Ephesians 5: 15-16 [NKJV] … 
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 
… God, thru Paul, exhorts Christians to live wisely and not as fools.

  My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland, writes of a specialty watch which helps its wearers to live more productively. He writes … The difficulty in admitting that our time on earth is limited inspired the creation of “Tikker” — a wristwatch that tells you what time it is, calculates your estimated normal life span, and displays a running countdown of your remaining time. It is advertised as the watch “that counts down your life, just so you can make every second count.” 

I think, many, if not most of us, … especially those of us - like me - who’re in their later years, realize that time seems fleeting (see attached image); and we only have today to make it count for something in our future.

 Time management gurus tell us that the term “time management” is an oxymoron because we can’t actually manage time. Time is just time! … We can only manage events in time. Hence, as Paul wrote to Christians in Ephesians 5:15-16, we must be wise in how we choose to live our lives, because the times, just as they were in Paul’s day, are most certainly evil and demand us to live carefully and wisely for the Lord.

 King David, writing Psalm 39: 4-13 (linked above), sang and prayed desperately for God to show Him the Lord’s way in life so that he could life his life for God. And our challenge from this ODB entry today is … HOW ARE WE LIVING FOR THE LORD?

 We certainly can’t do anything about our past today, can we? No, … only today’s decisions are going to count as we live them for God’s glory. Hence, I pray that we all can live these fleeting days we have left wisely and to do what Jesus commanded to His disciple … to deny our selves and follow Him [see Luke 9: 23, which I hope you have in your heart].

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, … Help me make decisions today which do nothing but honor and glorify You.  … Amen  

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