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1152nd -- Take The Time


We should always remember and keep in mind that we have a set number of 
days to be alive on this earth. We don't know how long or short they may 
be and it is for this reason that we should be appreciative of each new 
day that we are lucky enough to see. We shouldn't rush through our days 
trying to check off our to do list, but rather we should prayerfully and 
purposefully start each new day determined to enjoy it to the best of our 
ability. We should laugh when we can, smile when we can, give an 
encouraging word, spend time with those who mean the most to us and simply
be in the moment and not allow it to pass us by. (Genesis 3:19) (Job 14:1-2)

No matter how busy we may get in life we can slow down to smell the 
proverbial roses. We don't always have to be on autopilot rushing from one
destination to another, from one meeting to another, from one appointment 
to another. We should remember that the Bible says our life is as a vapor 
that appears for a short time and then vanishes away. Let us be mindful 
of the brevity of time. Let us use our time purposefully. Let us enjoy 
each and every day. Let us create memories with our loved ones that will 
last their lifetime and ours. (James 4:13-15)

If you are constantly in a rush, I encourage you to slow down, look around
and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. There's no need to be in a 
constant rush. You can enjoy your life right where you are and you can 
use this day to your benefit, but it is entirely up to you to take the 
opportunity. I encourage you again to reflect on your life and make the 
changes that you find necessary. Don't continue on for the next 10 years 
not remembering any part of them. When we spend our days purposefully they
will be remembered, cherished and we will be thankful that we took the time
and appreciated that beautiful day. (1 Peter 3:10-12) (Psalm 118:24)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to slow down and 
enjoy each and every day that you are lucky enough to see.


Rush, rush, rush, hurry, hurry, hurry, check your watch, check your 
schedule, and worry, worry, worry! Gulp down your coffee, wolf down your 
breakfast, and head out the door! Think of the thousand things you have to 
do today and forget about your joy!

If any of you see yourself in those words then you have my sympathy. That 
was the way I lived for far too many days in my life. My eyes were always 
on what I had to do. My thoughts were always on not having enough time to 
do it. My feelings were always set on stress, fear, and frustration. At 
the time I thought I was living my life, but in truth there was very little
living in all of that activity.

Finally there came a point one day when I decided that it didn’t matter if 
I got everything done or not. I realized that most of those things I had 
been striving to do didn’t add one moment of happiness to my life. Instead 
they ate up my days and squeezed out moments I could have spent loving 
others. They left no time for prayer, no time for appreciation, no time 
for simple pleasures or heartfelt joys. It was then that I ripped up my 
schedule and tossed it in the trash.

I remember that first day without it. I enjoyed my breakfast for the first 
time in months. I actually noticed the birds flying across the sky. I 
stopped my car, got out, and walked over to a Cherry tree to smell the 
blossoms on it. Instead of rushing my children home from school I took 
them to the park and let them run and play. I stayed outside longer than 
usual when I walked my dogs in the evening. I watched the sunset and let 
the warm Spring breeze kiss my face. I thanked God for my life, felt love 
in my heart, and had more joy that day than I could ever remember. And the 
funny thing was I still got everything done that I needed to do.

Life isn’t some endless list of chores. Life is instead a chance to learn, 
grow, and love. Take the time to love then. Take the time to sing, smile, 
and have joy. Take the time to taste your meals, smell the flowers, and 
watch the sunrise in the morning. Take the time to hug your children, laugh
with your friends, and help others in need. Take the time to do a good 
deed and share a kind word. Take the time to pray to God, to invite His 
love into your soul, and to share it with everyone around you. Take the 
time to become the best possible you, you can be. The wonderful writer and 
educator Leo Buscaglia once said: “Life is God’s gift to you. How you live 
it is your gift to God.” Take the time to live it well.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 34:11-15 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the 
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, 
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking
guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes 
of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.”

Proverbs 16:18-20 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit 
before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than 
to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall 
find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”

1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and 
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not 
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God 
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, 
that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but 
that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, 
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if 
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen
in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY DAY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem133.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR SIDE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony52.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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