This verse has been marinating in my heart for weeks now. I have kept rereading it, trying to get past the fact that the song “Blink” was playing in my head. I kept asking myself -What does it mean?
Let’s first agree on what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean to live in fear of the end of our lives. That’s morbid and certainly wouldn’t help God’s kingdom. I also don’t think it means that we should live as if we’re going to die tomorrow, or even next week. If I was going to die next week, I’d hunker down with my family and soak up every minute left with them. That doesn’t give me “a heart of wisdom” and it likely wouldn’t bring God much glory.
We need to live out our priorities with a holy urgency.
That’s the meaning that’s settled in my heart.
Pay attention. Take a deep breath, look around, and ask God what we should be doing next. Stop telling ourselves it can wait for another day. Make sure the slivers of downtime we get are recharging our souls, not just numbing our minds.
Please hear my heart, I’m not in any way suggesting that we should run ourselves ragged. The Bible tells us over and over again to rest. God commands us to rest one day out of every seven. Jesus modeled that for us by retreating with his disciples or by himself to pray and recharge.
I often retreat into a mindless game on my phone or by scrolling through social media…instead of truly resting. This leads to an anxious heart instead of a settled mind. To live out our priorities with urgency, we will certainly need rest. But let’s be intentional about choosing activities that recharge us, whether it’s going for a walk, creating something, calling a friend, taking a nap, or something else entirely.
What I’m trying to say is that we’ve got to live on purpose. Instead of letting life happen to us
We’ve got to live like today matters, like this moment matters.
As you read this today, ask God to help you answer these questions:
- Are my priorities what You want them to be?
- What changes do I need to make in how I spend my time?
- What am I striving for?
- Am I using the gifts that others see in me?
- Is there a quiet calling or dream in my soul that I have not yet committed to pursuing fully?
Let’s be brave together and commit to live out the priorities that are on our hearts.
Share in the comments: What change is God asking you to make today?