Unspeakable Joy Devotional

September 6th

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Just One More Day. What if today was your last day? Would you look up and see the clouds, sun, rain, snow, stars just to get a glimpse of earth? Would you take time to watch the sunrise or sunset?  Would you spend it with people you love and who would they be? Would you take the trip you always wanted to go on? What could you do with one more day? I thought about this when I woke up this morning. As I headed out early to the barn in the dark I looked up and saw all the stars and just took in the earth and the place where God has allowed me to live. And then I touched my horses and I smelled them and loved the ability to be able to do it.

1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little, but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

If today were your last day. Here are some things that might happen:

*You might not want to make more money.
*You might want to say thank you to those who have helped you in your life.
*You might want to spend the time with your family and loved ones.
*You might want to make sure you’re right with God. Bingo.

We tend to focus on the material, temporary things in life and neglect the relational and eternal. You see, none of us knows the number of days God has planned for us. Here’s the point….don’t put off until tomorrow the really important things you can do today. Show your family how much you love them. Plan fun things to do with them. Say thank you to those who help you and were there for you when you needed them. Help someone you care about-someone who needs you at the office, in the neighborhood, or maybe someone who needs a friend.

God became a man in the person of Jesus to show us how to do all these things! Today may not be the last day you live here on earth, but if may become a great day for you to make things right with God and those you care about.

Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

It is important that we remember that all our days come to us out of the sheer mercy of God, unearned, undeserved and, I fear, mostly unappreciated. By sin our lives stand under forfeit; God owes us nothing. The bell that tolls the death of the passing year might as justly toll for us. Only by God’s infinite goodness are we yet alive to see each other’s face. Each year is a gift of grace and each day an unearned bonus.

Lord, the older I get the more I realize the brevity of days remaining to me. Remind me to spend today wisely.

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