Thursday, April 2, 2009

Redeem The Time

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days”(Ephesians 5:15-16, NLT).

This is a great devotional from Joel Osteen Ministries that is especially meaningful for singles. Many times when you are waiting for God to bring that special someone into your life, you can feel like you are merely treading water. Wasting time. God's desire is that you would redeem the time that He is given you and trust Him with your future. So go ahead and thanks God for today and trust Him with tomorrow!

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Time is the most valuable commodity in life that we have. It’s more valuable than money. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you woke up this morning, God gave you a present called “today.” And with that gift comes a responsibility. The Scripture tells us to redeem the time, to make the most of every opportunity. That simply means don’t let it go to waste. Don’t live this day unfocused, unhappy, negative, or defeated. Make the most of every day. God has entrusted you with His life. He has breathed His very breath into you. He has put gifts and talents on the inside of you. You have seeds of greatness deposited in you. You’re a person of destiny, and you have an assignment and a purpose to fulfill.

I encourage you today to evaluate how you are spending your time. Refocus your life. Let go of any distractions. Shake off any self-pity, any discouragement, any disappointments of the past and run your race with purpose. Be careful how you live and redeem the time so that you can fulfill the destiny He has prepared for you.


A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, thank You for the gift of today. I dedicate this day to You. I dedicate my mind, will, and emotions to You. Use me this day for Your purposes and keep me on the path You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.