With the fragility and shortness of life, we should remember and keep in
mind what is most important. The only thing we will be remembered for when
our time on earth comes to an end is the love that we shared with those who
meant the most to us. Nothing else will matter. We will be remembered for
our generosity, our care, our attentiveness, and the love that we showed
to those closest to us. Many times we believe the lie that we have to do
something extraordinary to show our love or to create memories that will
last a lifetime. The simple truth is doing things from the heart and
simply being with each other can do so much to strengthen relationships and
show our friends and loved ones how much we care about them. (James 4:14)
The Bible declares in Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.” We are to prefer
them over other things that have no importance to our lives and realize
our true treasures and what will bring the most joy is our relationships
with our friends and family. Be encouraged to reevaluate how you are
spending your time. Realize that tomorrow is not promised to us. Make
the necessary changes to your lifestyle and spend time with those who mean
the most to you. By doing so, you will be helping to create memories that
will last your lifetime as well as their lifetime. (Matthew 6:21)
I hope this message inspires your heart to make an effort to spend time
with those who mean the most to you. It may require some effort, but that
effort will be well worth it in the end.
LOVE AND TIME
Writer Gary Jennings said this: “Love and time, those are the only two
things in all the world and all of life, that cannot be bought, but only
I love that. And how I spend my love and time is what it is all about.
My work and interests require me to spend probably an inordinate amount of
time in front of my computer. At least according to my wife Bev.
She and I were talking one day about death and funerals and what to do
with each other's remains. I asked. “What will you do with my body?
She answered, “I think I'll just have you stuffed and propped up in your
chair by the computer. That way when I walk through the room I won't even
notice that you're gone.”
I got the point - too much computer time. And how I spend my time and my
love is all important.
The question I ask myself is this: “Do I generously and freely give love
and time away - and especially to those closest to me?”
Charles Francis Adams was the United States ambassador to Great Britain
during the Lincoln administration. He had the habit of keeping a daily
diary. He also taught his son Brooks the value of journaling his
activities in a diary.
One memorable day, eight-year-old Brooks recorded, “Went fishing with my
father, the most glorious day of my life.” It must have been a glorious
day, for the next forty years Brooks repeatedly mentioned it in his diary.
It became a life-long memory.
His father also wrote about the fishing trip. His own diary on that pivotal
day for his son reads, “Went fishing with my son; a day wasted.”
He didn't get it. That one single day he generously and freely gave love
and time away to Brooks may have been one of the most important days of
his son's life. Did he feel that, as a United States ambassador, his time
was too valuable to be “wasted” with his children? History seems to show
that a fishing trip with his son paid huge dividends in Brooks' life.
I only hope I will spend love and time so well.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:7-9 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him.”
Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of
Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing,
he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall
he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is
perfected in us.”
Galatians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: LOVE IN THE HOME
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE ALMIGHTY CURE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry