Using Time While I Can

First A Devotional, Then A Sermon

I am not saying that Tim Keller knows me, but he sure wrote the devotional the other day as one who knows a few of my character defects! Directing my attention to Proverbs 26:13-16, Pastor Keller urged me not to remain blind to my propensity to put off what I cannot face, asking:

What are your “go-to” excuses when you really simply don’t want to tackle a difficult task? (God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life, page 148)

A favorite excuse – I just repeated it to Doug – is: Aw, the coffee is just the right temperature.

So much I can put off while enjoying the last few sips of the morning’s tonic. However, the few extra moments of peace and calm to enjoy that perfect cuppa joe isn’t something I found; it is something the Lord God lends. (Psalm 18:19)

You know you are getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate. ~Author Unknown

When finally I set the still warm mug down, I got moving: replacing the flagging winter pansies with fresh, white impatience, transplanting two begonias into a large pot, and making a home in a sunny spot for portcullis. Completing these tasks so recharged me; I bought three batches of annuals to brighten some drab spots.

No lolling about today either — especially after hearing a sermon on Psalm 19.

Hearing the Right Voice

Seeing time as a gift, and not a possession can sure make a difference in how my day unfolds.

Seeing so many things –and  people — as gifts and not as possessions or problems makes a bigger difference. Life is on loan and so, too are all whom I love.

You may delay, but time will not. ~Benjamin Franklin

So, let me do what needs doing, usually the next thing. Let me remember words I would like to hear, and say what needs saying. And may I change my thoughts, because God changed my mind.


Work Done and Still to Do

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