Thursday, November 5, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day;
the night is coming when no one can work.
John 9:4

Thoughts on today’s verse…

Most of us can look around and find reminders of good intentions. We can see areas where we never followed through to reach a goal. Seldom used exercise equipment is gathering dust. A piano, intended to fulfill our dream of taking lessons once again, sits silent. The books piled on the nightstand remain to be read. And the laptop computer purchased to write the ‘great American novel’ sits in the closet in a wonderful carrier.

Other issues and priorities have jumped out at us and demanded our attentions. Children (grown or ‘grand’) require our attention. The little ones especially – they have gifts and abilities waiting to be developed – but that takes time.

Tapping into potential takes intentional concerted effort. It doesn’t just happen. (Ask any teacher.) Time for meaningful interaction and activity doesn’t always “appear” to us as we try to juggle a full day of appointments and other commitments.

The time the Lord gives us is ours to spend – we determine how to use it. We can fill it with life-building activities or we can let it sift through our fingers like the sand through the hour glass, day by day, week by week, until before we know it, a whole year has slipped by and very little has been accomplished.

The agency I work for provided us with a class a number of years ago. It was entitled “Increasing Human Effectiveness” and I will relate one of the life lessons from the course for you here:

Imagine you have a bank account and every day (night) at midnight $86,400 is placed in that account. It is yours. You may spend it as you wish. But here’s the caveat… every day (night) at 11:59, that account empties out and at midnight another $86,400 is again placed in the account.
What are you going to do with the money? Buy a new home? Invest it? Pay off your home? Perhaps buy a new wardrobe? It’s yours – do with it what you may.

 You see, in actuality we DO have that daily bank account – every day, as long as we are alive we have – 24 hours, 1.440 minutes, 86,400 seconds waiting to be spent. It is up to you to decide how you are going to spend it.

Look at what you have planned for today and set your priorities according to the goals you have set for your life. Then do it again tomorrow and the next day and the one after that. It won’t be long before your life will be a bit more productive and fulfilling!

 My prayer…

Lord God, Heavenly Father – thank You for the gift of time. May I use the time You have given me to its full advantage. May I make a difference because You have directed my steps. In Jesus’ name I pray ~Amen!

Yours, because we’re His,



  1. Hello my friend, so sorry I haven't been visiting but blogger wouldn't let me open your blog, many others as well as my own. I hope it has worked itself out now.
    I missed your daily prayers....I find them so uplifting and encouraging.....:-) Hugs

  2. Truly inspiring, my friend!!! Thanks for the gentle reminder!!! Love to you! Janine XO

  3. Just came by for a little inspiration from my wonderful friend!!! Hope you are having a restful end of the week! Hugs, Janine


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