A Season to Thrive
Empty Nest Full Life
I want more time. There never seems to be enough. Sadly, time is limited for each of us. A supply we don’t know when it will run out. James reminds us of this in James 4:14 (NLT) “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” Now let’s not worry about this. Here’s the deal. Are you breathing? Yep, me too! That means there are opportunities before us. We can thrive because we are still alive.
Life is funny. Its twists still surprise me. As I was trying to write this, I muddled through five days of headaches. Headaches that made reading, writing, and teaching difficult. But with each turn of life we need to embrace the ride. It is necessary to stop and see what can I learn? How can I grow? How can I thrive even when I don’t feel like it?
That limited time, our life span, is a gift. A present we get to open each new day. Even when we face challenges, it is imperative to remember “this is the day the Lord has made” (Psalm 118:24). It is not cliché, it is truth.
In Psalm 90, we hear Moses express this thought. Psalm 90:12 (NLT) says “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” He laments over the pain they have experienced but He asks God for wisdom. He ends the Psalm by asking for success. Jesus encouraged us that success is loving God and loving our neighbor. Yes, Lord, show us how to use our time to love You and love others!
Thriving doesn’t mean we have to do things that are over the top extraordinary. It means we live in a way that reflects the gift we are given. This isn’t a trite greeting card expression. It is a JOY-FILLED-WOW-LOOK-WHAT-I-GET-TO-DO way of life.
Our home emptied as our girls have left for college and our son works in another city. Over the last couple of months, two friends have passed away. Not older friends, women my age. Life is short. When we feel sad, we give it to God. We rejoice in knowing He loves us and wants to comfort us. He won’t leave, not ever. His time is forever.
When we are happy, we give it to Jesus. Grateful for blessings, we return that happiness to Him. We let Him use it. We know we are blessed to be a blessing.
It is not so much what we do but how we do it. It is not about our accomplishments. It is our interaction with people. We are in the restoration business. It is all about relationships. Our actions do speak louder than words. We spend our time, that precious gift, on others.
What is taking your time? Are you asking God to teach you wisdom on how to thrive? Are you daily expressing your love to Him and to others? It is a challenge but it is the least we can do with the gift we have received. How will you spend your time?
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