Technology, computers were supposed to make our lives easier. Give us more time to sit back and enjoy life, friends and family. Can anyone say that is the case in their life? Doesn’t it seem as if there is always somewhere we have to be and something we have to do? Are you caught up on the latest hot shows? Then there is the constant ringing, dinging, buzzing of our cell phones. Here’s the latest news, latest text from friends, family and work. Do you ever want to roll the car window down and chuck it? Then there are the calls you don’t want. “Spam Risk” my phone now alerts me. And if I want to extend my car’s warranty, I’ll call you!
We deal with this manic life day in and day out. It begs the question, “What, or who are we living for?” What is at the end of it all? And when you get there, will you be happy? Will you look back at it all and be satisfied? Will you be able to say your life was one that was well lived?
Paul, the apostle from the Bible, didn’t have to be connected all the time, but I’m sure there were things that brought on similar feelings and situations we face today. Yet he was able to put things in proper perspective. Here are his own words, spoken at the end of his life:
“You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.” 2 Tim. 4:6-8 (MSG)
Paul lived his life for God. The man was sold out to his commitment to be God’s servant. He went where God wanted him to go. He did what God wanted him to do, and he said whatever God asked of him to say. The beatings he suffered made his determination more fervent. The many mishaps as he traveled to spread the gospel speared him on to reach his destinations. Paul looked at the results of his devoted life to God and was happy at the end. Satisfied.
If your life isn’t truly and honestly fulfilling, know that it can be. Living for God, by God’s word will bring such peace and happiness to anyone’s life when placed in the proper perspective. Is it easy, no, but is it worth it, yes! I challenge you to try it. Start today, for your connected life to the world may delay you , or worse, prevent you from ever obtaining true happiness.
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Prioritizing is a daily task, and the earlier in the day, the better. Otherwise there’s just way too much mental clutter, distractions, and things demanding attention that really don’t matter in the big scheme of things. My favorite thing about retirement is being able to connect with God and spend unhurried time with Him early in the morning, and then living out His presence for the rest of the day. (I know how important this is, because I’ve seen how my day goes when I let distractions rob me of that time. )
You have your priorities in order. You have discovered the value of putting God first. Your life is blessed.