Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Car Doors

Life is the span of a car door opening and closing again.

You have all left something in our car, realized it was there and turn around in frustration to retrieve it. You open the door, grab the item and shut the door again. A simple action you barely think about.
What if that simple action, the opening and closing of one's door, was the span of someone's life? In the span of all of eternity that is basically what one's life looks like in God's eyes. It is a vapor. It is here and gone in the blink of an eye.
Life is so fleeting. It is easy to feel like you have to hurry and do everything you want to do right now. We are constantly told that life is short, which gives us this rushing feeling of accomplishing all our life goals this year. We get wrapped up in going to school immediately, finding a job, making lots of money to afford houses and possessions and forget completely about  our purpose here on earth.
Conversly, some people spend so much time sitting around saying "I have my whole life ahead of me, I will get to it eventually" and they never actually do anything with their lives. They sit back and just hang out with friends, go on vacations and float in and out of jobs not doing anything very productive except enjoying themselves.
These two views on life are divided by a fine line on which we must walk. You have to realize that you don't have to squash all of our life goals into the next year. You don't have to travel the world, go to college, get a degree and start working right now. On the other side you can't sit around and wait for God to drop all of your acheivments in yout lap. If you just wait for things to get done nothing will ever be accomplished. You have be productive and have a focus in you life.
Things get tricky when we start thinking about the fact that we are all different. Some people are going to go to school, while others are going to become stay at home wives, hard-working husbands, leaders in the local church or  missionaries to other countries. What does it look like when we are living life as if it is a vapor yet not rushing around trying to accomplish everything right now?
I have come to the conclusion that overall Christ needs to be our focus. We can work on reaching our earthly goals of a job, family or whatever it may be, but if we are not focusing our lives on Christ then we are wasting it. In the end, no matter how many books you have written, degrees you have received, or promotions you have attained, you will have acheived nothing if your life is not God-centered. Whether you are working in an office day in and day out, going to school, raising a family or traveling the world you need to be proclaiming Christ's love.

So I am trying to encourage you to get Christ-centered in the long-short amount of time you have here on earth, and don't waste your life.

"You're trying to figure what to do with your life
If you make a lot of money hope you're doing it right
Because the money is God's you better steward it right
And stay focused
You ain't got no ride
Your life ain't wrapped up in what you drive
The clothes you wear, the job you work
The color your skin naw you're a Christian first
People get to living for a job
Make a little money start living for a car
Get 'em a wife a house kids and a dog
Then they retire they're living high on the hog
But guess what they didn't ever really live at all
To live is Christ and that's Paul I recall
To die is gain so for Christ we give it all
He's the treasure you'll never find in a mall
Your money your singleness marriage talent your time
They were loaned to you to show the world that Christ is Divine
That's why it's Christ in my rhymes
That's why it's Christ all the time
See my whole world is built around Him He's the life in my lines
I refused to waste my life"

Lecrae "Don't Waste Your life"

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