What is your destiny? Do you every wonder what God has in mind for you? You know he has a plan for your life, but could He possibly clue you in on it? I’m at an age where there are really no more mountains to climb, and if there were I wouldn’t take a chance. I’m afraid of heights and I might break a hip. I certainly wouldn’t jump out of an airplane just to feel the excitement of free falling. I do that every day.
Sometimes we have to take chances if we’re ever to progress or succeed. Doors are always hard to open, especially the one that leads from your own house. God doesn’t want us to foolishly take chances or throw caution to the wind. He wants us to be wise in our living, but He also wants us to enjoy our lives to the fullest. He isn’t sending trouble, illness, worry or any other negative into our lives to make us suffer or because He’s a mean, uncaring, selfish God who wants us to pay for our iniquities. He’s already taken care of that for us. The adversities we endure are merely road blocks and hiccups on the path through this side of heaven. It’s how we handle those adversities that makes the difference.
If we give up and lose faith in God’s divine plan, how is that advancing us in any way? If we feel bruised and abused our natural tendency is to hide, but God wants us to face these issues with Him. He wants us to depend on Him at all times and thank and praise Him in the good times a well as the bad.
Are you ready to get out of the harbor and do what you were intended to do in this life? I hope I have a few years left. I don’t have a bucket list. I often don’t have the energy to do the things I should, but that’s a sorry excuse for not living. No matter what our age, God has givem each of us this time on earth to remind us of His grace – time for us to grow as Christians – time to reach out to others – time to love, share and be kind – time to live in a way to prepare us for eternity. Take a chance. What have you got to lose?
UNTETHERED YOUTH, by Kathy Boecher
What happened to days of untethered youth
When what was required depended on truth?
When worries were few and troubles unknown,
What happened from then to the life now sown?
Our days filled with moments carefree and fun,
Quickly we find nothing under the sun,
Will satisfy fully or give us peace,
We watch as our hope and joy now decrease.
Time passes in torrents. In storms it flies.
Our laughter is mourned, replaced by our cries,
Our tears fill rivers, our moans sear the air,
Hearts might give up and give way to despair.
We come to our God with bruises and scars,
Of bludgeoning wounds which surpass the stars.
It’s then God completes the work that He’s done.
Our youth then returns and victory is won.
We come to Him broken, clinging to life,
We come when falter and can’t bear strife.
We surrender to God who does His best.
With Him in our place, we pass every test.
He gives us new life while we are still old,
Our time weathered bodies to Him unfold,
To perfectly formed and beautifully made,
He bathed me with blood the ransom is paid.
New life comes quickly. The old passes by,
We become new on the day that we die,
Breath comes from heaven and God’s only Son,
Old bodies renewed, His work is now done.