There is no doubt that the majority of the time that we put into our lives has to do with the physical. We are worried about our looks, getting old, being out of shape, or trying to have the perfect body. But, just like this cicada, our body is nothing more than a shell that one day will be discarded and placed in the grave.
Be very careful that you do not put too much emphasis on the least important aspect of your life. Take time to be holy, to grow spiritually, and to yield to the Lord’s leading in your life. There is no doubt that your soul and spirit are more precious than your body. Your body will die, but your spirit lives forever.
Over 2,000 years ago, Christ die on the cross of Calvary so we might receive the forgiveness of our sins and receive that wonderful gift of salvation. He rose from the dead three days later to give us the victory over the grave.
Just as this cicada shell was left behind, so will your physical body. The question is, “Where will your soul go?” Will it go into eternity without Christ or will it go into eternity with Christ?
Do not let this Easter season go by without answering this question!
If someone said, “He used a four-letter word”, you would automatically think that he used a swear or curse word. However, there are ten four-letter words that should be in everyone’s vocabulary and actions. Each of these four-letter words can show great character and maturity in one’s life.
Here they are:
There is nothing that will replace honest work. If you want to get ahead in life, then work. If you want to accomplish something, then work at it. You want a college degree, work at it. You want to improve some aspect of your life, then work on it. Nothing replaces honest work. If you want something, work for it.
I will never forget that when I was 13, I wanted a set of golf clubs. This was in 1970 and the clubs were $100 which was a huge amount for that time and my age. My father told me that if I wanted them bad enough I must be willing to work for them, which I did by picking up pecans and selling them. I bought a set of aluminum shaft PGA clubs that I worked for.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 KJV) “¶ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
When the sun goes down today, will you be able to look back and say, “I made the most of the day that the Lord gave me!”?
I have notice that before I turn around another day goes by. It seems that just as soon as the sun comes up that it is heading down again. Therefore if I am going to make the most of my day, I have learned that I must plan and make the effort. Here are seven things that I hope will help you make the most of the days you have.
1. Begin the day with the Lord – even before you get out of bed ask the Lord to lead you in the day ahead.
2. Pray for someone that is hurting, sick, in difficulties, or does not know Christ – spend time bringing them before the Lord.
3. Prepare for the day by setting down particular task that you want to accomplish – make a schedule for your day.
4. Be ready to meet those you come in contact with a smile. Kindness, smiles, and caring goes a long way in helping someone else have a better day.
5. Tell those that you love that you love them. It is always a blessing to hear – if you are married then tell your spouse that you love her or him. Let your children know that you love them. How sad for a child to go through life not hearing “I love you” from their parents.
6. Be willing to get out of your daily routine. As one man said, “A rut is nothing more than a grave with both ends kicked out.” Be flexible.
7. Take care of yourself (eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep) – this is the hardest one for me to do because I feel like I am wasting time when I sleep but I realize that God gives us rest for the day ahead.
Please note that to make the most of your day has to deal more with your relationship with the Lord and with others. Joy comes from putting Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.
I hope that when you lay down tonight that you can say, “I made the most of the day that the Lord gave me. I encouraged others. I helped others. I followed the Lord’s leading today.”
What could you add to this list to make the most of your day? Let me know.