A Needed Reminder To Start My Week

I began my morning with Psalm 39...Father met me in such a needed way I wanted to share it with you. Maybe the reminder will encourage you as it  did me.

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
      Remind me that my days are numbered—
      how fleeting my life is.
 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
      My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
      at best, each of us is but a breath.”

 We are merely moving shadows,
      and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
   We heap up wealth,
      not knowing who will spend it.
 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
      My only hope is in you.

Psalm 39:4-7 (New LIving Translation)

At 55 it doesn't take much to remind me of my mortality. I see it (and feel it) everywhere I look. But such a reminder brings urgency to the value of each day. How would my posture change if I believed every conversation, every circumstance might be my last? Would I be "more present"..."more passionate" about each encounter? On the other hand it also reminds me to guard against placing too much value on things that promise me so much yet deliver so little. Life is not found in a frantic busyness born out my need to prove something about myself or to myself. Nor is it found in accumulating more stuff to cause me to feel more secure. My only hope is found in you! 

Father as I begin this week - with all it's pressures, responsibilities and challenges...

  • I abandon myself to your purposes for me in a fresh way
  • I invite you to do new things in me as I learn to trust you
  • I release all the places I look to for hope other than you
  • I embrace the journey of trusting you beyond what I can see or understand, beyond my instinctive pessimism and beyond my willingness to settle for anything less than your desires for me

Our only hope is in you. May we live here more comfortably this week!

Fighting for your heart

Gary