What would you do with more time?

It’s Leap Year.

Three cheers for one extra day.

24 more hours that I didn’t have last year.

I’ve often wondered what I’d do with more time, and now that I have it, I’m realizing that it’s hard not to just treat it like any other day.

The truth is life is full (or busy or crazy or whatever word you like to use to impress people with how much you do in a day).

But, if we had more time, would we really do anything different with it?

Or, would we just fill it up with more of the same things we do on any other day of the year?

Think of all the things you’ve said you would do if you only had more time.

Think of all the times you’ve said you would do something but didn’t end up doing them because you ran out of time.

Are you doing any of those things today?

I’m not…

My extra day is just like any other Monday.

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The point is that we use time for the things that are most important to us.

And, today is reminding me that I don’t need more time…

I need to make the most of the time I’ve been given (no matter what day it is).  

Every day, I need to ask myself how I can make the most of the hours God has given me.

So, when I do end up with an extra day like today, it’ll be just like every other day…

And, it won’t be wasted.

 

15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.  Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)

 

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When you can’t hit the reset button, do this…

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Blank slates.

Do-overs.

Re-takes.

Reset buttons.

Some days I wish that I could use all of those.

Life is messy.

People are messy.

I’m messy.

Welcome to the mess.

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If you’re anything like me, your mess is a mix of poor decisions, hurtful words, negative thoughts, ignorance, fear, pride, and bad assumptions.

This is the stuff we live with every day…some of it’s self-inflicted and some of it’s the emotional shrapnel of someone else’s mess.

The bad news is that the mess doesn’t go away.  There is no reset button to push until Jesus comes back and pushes it Himself.

The good news is that you have a choice how you live in the mess.  And, that choice depends on whether or not you are willing to start your day by doing this…

Getting dressed.

Getting dressed is a habit that most of us having gotten pretty good at.  We’ve done it every day since we were big enough to pull up our own pants.

But, I’m not talking about that kind of getting dressed…

I’m talking about the habit of getting dressed spiritually.

I’m talking about putting on things like compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love…every day.

Imagine a world where everyone did that.

(Or, at least imagine a world where all the Christians did that…)

This world will be a mess until Jesus comes back, but we can do our part to make it less messy simply by choosing to get dressed every day.

Choose to put on compassion.

Choose to put on kindness.

Choose to put on humility.

Choose to put on gentleness.

Choose to put on patience.

Choose to put on love.

And see how much of the mess goes away…

 

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)

 

When Good is the Enemy of Best

Good.  Better.  Best.

Chances are, your life is full of decisions between these three things.

And, maybe at first glance, you think you can’t go wrong with any of them…that there’s no right or wrong answer here.

But, what if I told you you were wrong.

Too often, we settle for good instead of pursuing best.

And, settling for good over and over and over again will never add up to best.

Best is a choice.

It’s a choice that we have to make every day of our lives in every area of our lives…

At home.

At work.

At school.

At church.

In our neighborhoods.

In our relationships.

With our money.

With our time.

With our talents.

With our faith.

Think about all the decisions that you have to make every day in these areas, and then think about the difference between settling for good or pursuing best in them.

Good is easy.  Best is hard work.

Good is safe.  Best is risky.

Good is comfortable.  Best is vulnerable.

Good is instant gratification.  Best is eternal satisfaction.

Good is controllable.  Best is giving up control.

Good is busyness.  Best is fullness.

Good is status-quo.  Best is against the grain.

Good is crowd-pleasing.  Best is God-honoring.

Don’t settle for a life of good when you can pursue the best of life.

 

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.  Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)