One thought, though, has been swirling around in my head for several months, and that thought is ownership – how my life isn’t really mine to live and to spend how I want. I belong to God, so my life is His to use how He sees fit. That reality should affect how I spend each moment of each day.
My time is not my own.
My money is not my own.
My possessions are not my own.
My gifts/talents/abilities are not my own.
My life is not my own.
Planning my day is fine, but if God wants to redirect my day, I should embrace that and try to see “interruptions” as divine redirections.
Planning a budget is fine, but if God brings an opportunity to give, help someone in need, or even brings financial difficulty in my life, I should be willing to give all I have and cut back on things I think I “need” in order to live within the means God has given me.
I should have an attitude that anything I possess on earth is loaned to me to accomplish God’s purposes. My comfort or pleasure is not the primary goal. If I can share what I have to help someone in need, I should be thankful for that opportunity.
I should have no pride in my own gifts or abilities, nor should I look down on others for having different gifts/abilities. We are all given them by God to use for HIS glory, not our own.
I am seeing more and more that I fail in all of these areas regularly. So I think my word for the year will be PURCHASED, and my verse will be
For you were bought at a price;
therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit,
which are God’s.
(1 Corinthians 6:20, NKJV)
I don't have a bookmark yet, but I hope to have one within the next week.