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Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Our Lives!

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

112015 Ray McDonaldToday is the first day of the rest of our lives. Have you ever heard that before now? We cannot change anything about yesterday or the days – weeks – months – or years in the past. We might be able to make restitution for something that happened in the past. We might be able to correct something done in the past. We might be able to improve on something in the past. We might even be able to build upon something done in the past. But the past is just that – the past.

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Yesterday my wife and I had a conversation about what we’d like to do in the year and years ahead of us. We both have some hobbies we’d like to develop. We both have family that would require travel to visit. We both have ministries we would like to invest in and visit. The list continues. We cannot change what we have done – but we can focus on what we would like to do in the future.

Oriole BirdToday is the first day of the rest of our lives. Today is opening day for the Baltimore Orioles and some other teams. I watched some baseball last night as a couple of teams began a day earlier. Everyone is in first place on opening day. The past is the past – oh – track records count for projections – but some players will play much better than their track record or the scouting report. Some players will have off years. Some players will be hurt and not be able to contribute. What happened last year – and at times – what happened in spring training – has little to do with how a team will jell and play together in the year ahead of them. Go Orioles! Prove the “experts” wrong once again.

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.  Some folks who are married – are way too selfish – way to self centered.  Some folks who are married – do not work at it – and yes – marriage requires work!  There are so many distractions in life – we need to remain focused on marriage and all that is required for a good marriage – a blessed marriage.  It takes more than marrying the right person.

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Some of us don’t plan with this saying in mind. Some young people do not realize – I know I didn’t when I was their age – that their academic history starts counting in the 9th grade. What we do from 9th grade on has a lot to do with what college we get into – if college is where we are headed. It might determine if we go to college or go in a different direction. Decisions we make – not only academic decisions – from our youth on up will make a difference in the adult we become.

If I could give young people – older people too – one word of advice – it would be today’s passage. It is found in a passage titled in some Bibles as Instructions for Christian Households. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Colossians 3:18–25 – 18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.  20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

Now – before some of you stop reading because you don’t agree that wives should submit to their husbands in this day and age or you don’t understand why the Bible gives instructions to slaves (both subjects for another devotional thought) – hone in on verse 23 for today – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Where would we be today if we worked at our marriages as if unto the Lord?  Where would we be today if we worked at each class we took – as if unto the Lord? Where would we be today if we worked at each job we ever held – as if we were working for the Lord? How much further in life would we have journeyed if we took every opportunity or even more opportunities to work in life as if for the Lord?  How much more in line with God’s perfect will for our lives would we be if we worked at life as if unto the Lord?

Even ungodly employers would promote workers who worked with honesty – integrity – diligence – dependability – and more. How much more would we have learned in school or on the job had we been giving it our all?  Even ungodly people would be blessed and most likely be a blessing to others – if they saw such a model!

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives! We cannot change the past – but going forward – wherever we are in life – we could make the most of the days – weeks – months – or years yet to come – but working at it as for the Lord!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 4, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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