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By Pastor Dave
Life is short, seize the moment, no regrets are all sayings on how we should live our lives. But life becomes so busy and we are so driven by our schedules and our moments with our children and dearest loved ones that God can easily be last in the business of a day. Oswald Sanders said, “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.” I have truly enjoyed my life since I became a Christian 40 year ago. I have tried to make the best of each day but sometimes life moves so fast that it is hard to taste it.
I want to share something that happened to me on my 50th birthday that helped my approach toward my daily life. Birthdays are nice but my 50th seemed more like an event. They had a party for me at work, my family made a fuss over me and my wife staged a big surprise party for me that was humbling. This went on for about a week leading up to my birthday for all these to transpire. On the actual evening of my birthday my wife and I were home alone. I said I need to take a walk with the Lord and process this amazing birthday I had. As I walked and talked with God, our talk went something like this.
Lord I lived 23 years living my life the way I wanted to and then you saved me and now I have lived 27 years in you, Lord. 23 plus 27 makes 50. Do I want to go back to those first 23 years? No, absolutely not! So what do I do? I said, “Lord, I’ll make you a deal. I don’t know how long I will live. A day, six months, twenty years. I only know I want to savor as many of those days that I can until you call me home. I want to get up ever day and “Paint a painting”. When I finish that day I want to show you my painting and go to bed. If you let me get up the next day I will paint you a partial or full painting. I want this every day.”
I began getting up each day and saying, “Lord I’m ready to pick up my paint brush.” I became even more sensitive to the spirits leading. I cannot tell you the times that I set my schedule because I’m a list person, whether it is in my head or on paper, and the Lord changed my schedule so many times. It is amazing! I’ve always felt if God put someone in my path it was a divine appointment. I don’t know about you but it is hard for me to change gears.
To be continued ………………..