A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90: 12 NIV).
I believe we take our lives for granted. We walk around every day thinking that, “I can do as I please because I have tons of days ahead of me.” Lately, I have been pondering my life and its longevity.
None of us know when we will die, so we must be living every moment in a manner that is pleasing to God. I have made a resolution to make sure that each day I have a good attitude and not let little things perturb me. It is a challenge some days, but I am determined to live like there is no tomorrow. I want to be more positive than negative. It is all a matter of mindset and making yourself not dwell on bad thoughts. Life is too short to be grumpy, mean, and nasty. I would hate to think that my last words were hurtful to someone. I would want to leave this earth with a clear conscience. I would want to do a kind deed for someone every day and give when there was a need. I believe that God really wants us to give to those who ask for help and not be greedy.
Jesus was pretty blunt about what happens when you are greedy.
In a parable in Luke 12:16-21 Jesus spoke about a greedy rich man who produced a great crop. He laid up all these crops in huge barns and sat back and said that now he could eat, drink, and be merry.
God told him he was a fool and that very night his life would be demanded from him. Then God said, “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God”
(Luke 12:21 NIV). I believe that not only is it riches that shouldn’t be withheld, but also using your talents to serve others. We cannot be greedy and selfish about our time either. There are people who need a smiling face, an encouraging word, a card etc. Make each day count for Christ and do your best to make it a day that would please Him.
Every day is a gift from you to us. Help us to embrace it and be positive. Help us to use our abilities and talents to serve you in a special way each day.
In Jesus’ name,