What Are You Doing With The Time Entrusted To You?

“Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die,

but they will be raised to live forever.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory.

They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.

They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies.

For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.”

1 Corinthians 15:42-44

Amen to that.

As I was considering the unwelcomed emotions associated with the passing of a loved one, I pondered a few things that I wonder if you have ever stood looking and reflecting upon.  First off, I am nothing but honored to be able to walk through this passing life with you even if it is only for a fraction of our time.   Secondly, our impact on this planet is way too short, isn’t it?  Would you humor me as I quote a line from my favorite movie?  Frodo is lamenting to Gandolf about how he wished a difficult task had not come to him and how he desired to return to an easier life.  In wisdom Gandalf informed Frodo, “so do all who live to see such times.  But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings)  DIVAs, life is much too hard and way too short.  When life gets challenging it is not prudent to look back longing for an easier life or wishing you did not have the circumstances you have been assigned but instead to forge ahead, making the most of the time you have been entrusted with.

Living a life that impacts others positively for the cause of Christ is the best use of your energy and resources.  What are you doing with the time that has been entrusted to you?  Do you long for an easy life or are you making the most of the days (even the most strenuous seasons) God has placed before you so that you have no real regrets?

Boldly Love those you have been entrusted with and recall with fondness those who have slipped from your gaze.  I pray these verses will comfort you when your heart needs it most.

“And the day you die is better than the day you are born.”  Ecclesiastes 7:1

“Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 5:8

“Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time.  But no one seems to care or wonder why.  No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.”  Isaiah 57:1

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.”  John 11:25

In His grace,

Amanda

2 Comments on “What Are You Doing With The Time Entrusted To You?”

  1. Amen sister! I was just watching the “Lord of the Rings” again the other night (my favorite movie too, by the way) and heard this exchange between Frodo & Gandalf. I was touched by it, as always and it made me think about what kind of impact my life is having on those whom God has entrusted to me. I pray that it is a rich and a good impact for Christ even while I am going through the fire and the filthiness of life. Lord, make me more and more like You as I strain towards the goal! Give me strength to throw any bondage that I tightly hold into the fire of Your love so that I may be purged and come through as gold. Amen!

  2. As I consider these passages, and think about my loved ones who have passed. I am thankful that God took them home, and they are no longer suffering. If they were in Christ it is our loss we mourn, not theirs. Because they haven’t lost anything, but gained seeing Jesus face to face. I imagine seeing them among the great cloud of witnesses cheering me on in my race of faith. When I worship I believe my voice joins among theirs around the throne room of heaven in worship of the King of Kings. And though I miss them terribly I know I will see them again very soon. This life is short compared to eternity.
    Live on purpose, not by accident. Your Creator purposed good things for you to do while knitting you together in your mother’s womb. Be about His purposes for you. As my earthly father used to say to me “I love you, do good”.

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