My Prayer for 2017

2016 flew by so quickly.  I often joked with co-workers that I blinked and a month would go by.  A coworker joked that I should stop blinking.  I kept wishing that I could.  I have heard that time seems to go faster the older you get – but I wasn’t prepared for this.  The year sped so fast that I felt like there was no time to accomplish much.

The last several years God has impressed on me the concept of how short life can be.  I have known people who have faced terminal illness and didn’t live to 80 or 90 years.  As they realize how short their life will be, they often fight to live every moment to its fullest.   However, I think it is too easy to be complacent and waste time for those of us that don’t have the trial of illness.  We think we have all kinds of time to do what is important and so it is easy to fill time with trifles.  Things that aren’t really important.  I have also found that life just flies and I am not sure if I have been using my time wisely.

In 2017 I want to be aware of how I use my time.  Ephesians 5:16-17 (ESV) says, “Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  The NKJV says “redeeming the time”.  My prayer is that I use my time wisely and for the Lord.  I am all for having fun (I love my hobbies), but I want to make sure that everything I do is for the honor and glory of the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31).

How will I do this?  Pleading in Prayer.  Romans 12:12, Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

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