Daily Devotion Saturday, October 26

Saturday, October 26, 2013 ­ Psalm 90; Ezra 4:7, 11-24 or Jeremiah 44:1-14;
Philemon 1-25 and Matthew 12:33-42

Psalm 90 – Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

12 So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.

The main point in this Psalm is that God has been and shall be. We are and then one day we will pass from this earth. There is a saying; “it’s not how many days you live that count, but that you make each day you live count.” Or as Muhammad Ali said; “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

Yesterday I let something that happened early morning ruin my day. It just simply took the joy away from being on vacation. Long story I won’t go into. I’ve had other things in life occur that really put a cloud over a particular day. Not good when 90% of a good day is affected by the 10% that was bad.

I shared this before but not recently. Back in my early days as a pastor, I’d play Racquet Ball with a colleague of mine, Jim Benton. One day after he beat me once again, he shared. “Dennis, you know why I enjoy playing you besides I can win most every match?” “No”, I said. “Well, when you make a mistake on the course, you focus so hard on your mistake that I get then next 4 points.” In a game where you are playing to 15. Couple of mistakes and he’d pretty much won the game.

Once he shared his observation with me, I saw how I lived that out off the court as well as on.

Friends we have been given the gift of life. We don’t know how many days we’ll be given. What we are assured of this day and this moment. So, make the most of today. Live it. Enjoy it. Serve God throughout it. Don’t let your mistakes or the negative events of life get you down. Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. And go forward to enjoy and serve God.

Here is the opening line of the opening prayer of worship during the General Assembly meeting of 2001. “Lord, thank you for this day that you did not promise us, yet are giving to us. May we worship you and serve you throughout it. Amen.

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