I wasted my life

Don’t wast your life

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

 

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I wasted my life…
Do those words haunt you?
They haunt me.
They rattle in my mind all of the time. I fear getting to my deathbed and thinking, “I wasted my life”.
I don’t want to waste my life. My days are short and they are numbered so I want to use wisely (Job 14, Psalms 39). I don’t want to invest those delicate finite moments into a bottomless treasure chest where every minute invested disappears into non-existence.
I want to invest in a place where all my efforts and decisions are stored up.
And that place is in the hands of Jesus where nothing will be wasted. Every sacrifice, thoughts decision, gift, word, and move in obedience to Christ will be stored up.
I don’t want to invest it all in something that will be left behind and vanish when I leave this world.
Don’t waste your life.
Life is short. Love, do, give, go, stay, and say for the glory of your King— and what a mighty God we serve. He is perfectly gracious, loving, kind, righteous, holy, and just.
No one and nothing else is.
No other investment can give you this kind of return—the praise of your King when He says well done my good and faithful servant (Luke 19).
Here are three ways that you can keep from wasting your life:

1. Choose to live for God’s glory

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
God has given us the ability to choose. We can choose to live in a way that honors Him or we can choose to live in a way that seems wise to us.
To be careful means that your moves are calculated. You think and plan out your life so as to not waste it on selfish pursuits.

2. Make every moment count

16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
We all get 86,400 seconds every day. The difference is how we use those seconds.
God says to make the most of every opportunity.

3. Seek God for His purpose in your life

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
God has a purpose for your life.
You can see this in how you’re wired, where you were born, the family you were born in to, your skills, talents, inclinations and the sometimes unnoticed path He has been leading you down.
The main idea is that it’s about His will, not yours.
Are you seeking out what He wants and not just what you want.

It all happens by faith

Hebrews 11:13-16  (NIV)

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

6 thoughts on “I wasted my life

  1. Thanks Benjamin!! Great reminder of living purposefully in the short time we have on this earth. I had a good friend who passed away early… but lived his life with purpose until his last breath… actually passed away while trying to better his speech so he could represent Christ better to other people… and was going back to school at the “young” age of 67 to learn more about discipleship!! He is one person that I believe God put before me to be reminded to live our whole life on earth as one open to being used by God!! Blessings!!

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    1. Wow, thanks for sharing. Definitely, something else I need to be reminded of-it’s never too late to try and grow. Also, thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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  2. Amen! Thank you for this exhortation! Life is indeed short! I think we all wish to make the most of it… but the world seeks to distract us from our purpose. May we always keep this extraordinary scripture at the fore of our lives! God bless you greatly. You have truly encouraged me today! 🙂

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    1. Absolutely! I pray that we may all faithfully run the race set before us. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  3. Benjamin, Thank you for following me. Please don’t expect to much. I’m not very good at blog land. I will be following you as we all grow together in Christ. As a paper crafter I don’t use fancy words but I do encourage my followers to remember …This is the Lords day…Rejoice.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting bcparkinson. I’m still learning this blog thing as well. Amen to growing together in Christ.

      God bless

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