ONE-THIRD! That is how much of 2019 has now been written in the history books or will be when this day is over. One hundred and twenty days have passed never to be regained. Four months of our lives have been spent traveling on a journey that eventually leads us into eternity. Can you remember when 2019 was brand new and we had so many things planned out to do this year? Some people would call them New Year’s Resolutions but now they seem like fantasy thoughts. But on the positive side we still have two-thirds of the year left to really accomplish some of the goals we set for the year and make 2019 a great year for ourselves, our family and for God’s Kingdom. So what’s on your mind for the rest of the year?
The Apostle Paul advises us to, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is,” (Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV). Time and the Lord’s will are often hard to reconcile in our minds. Is it God’s will that we have some fun or is life always serious? Is it God’s will that that every moment of our “spare” time be spent reading the Bible or is it OK to spend some time just enjoying God’s creation? Should we spend every moment with Christians or is it Ok to rub shoulders with the “lost” in non-religious events? We should be cautious or “careful” in the way we live and be wise in our actions because certainly the days are evil in our society and the people among whom we live do need our Christian influence. I don’t know that I will accomplish in 2019 all the things I would like to accomplish. My plans it appears do not always turn out to be God’s plans. The writer of the book of Proverbs said it well, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps,” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV). The year still stretches ahead and there is still a lot of time to honor and serve God, family, and the lost who need Christ. But maybe we should remember this, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring,” (Proverbs 27:1 NIV). On second thought maybe we should do those things on our mind today.