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999th -- The Power Of Solitude


We should always be quick to remember and recognize how important our time
on this Earth really is. There are many moments in life when we waste our
time doing things that have no significance or will not help our life to 
excel in any way. This idleness keeps our life from moving to the next 
level. When we don't do the important things to better our life, we are 
in effect moving backwards. That is not how God wishes for us to live. 
The Bible says that God has good plans for us that will give us a future 
full of hope. We must act in a manner of haste realizing how fleeting 
time is, get our act together and do the things that will have relevance 
in our lives. Doing things solely for self gain is a waste of our valuable
time because what significance will that have when we enter into eternity.

Vanity and selfishness does nothing to better those around us, but a life
filled with service will live on in the lives of countless others. When 
we do for someone else, we are inscribing our name on their hearts and our
good deeds are being recorded in the books in Heaven. Just as we can 
remember receiving good deeds and being thankful to the recipients, we 
should do for others just the same and recognize the mark that we are leaving.

Be encouraged to not waste your time on this Earth. See how your life can
be of value in someone else's life. Ask how you can help, see where you 
can volunteer your time in helping others and make an extra effort to use
your life so that it will be remembered and thought upon long after you 
are gone. Leaving a legacy of love, encouragement, service and uplifting
others is a legacy that we should each strive to have. That is a life 
well spent and will live on in the hearts of many for countless years to 
come. If you need to make that change to stop living selfishly, today is
the day to start.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see your purpose
in life and think about your life’s mission. Pray and ask the Lord if you 
don't know the answer and when you do find out, serve with all of your 
heart, mind and soul.


Herman Melville's classic, Moby Dick, portrays the whaling industry of his
time. In today's world, his book may likely upset readers who share more 
enlightened attitudes about the use and abuse of animals. But a scene in 
the story can teach us even today something about the power of solitude 
and focus in daily life.

Melville gives us a turbulent scene in which a whaleboat scuds across a 
frothing ocean in pursuit of the great white whale. The sailors are 
laboring to keep the vessel on course in a raging sea, every muscle taut.
They labor furiously as they concentrate on the task at hand. In Captain 
Ahab's boat, however, there is one man who does nothing. He doesn't hold 
an oar; he doesn't perspire; he doesn't shout. He is languid - utterly 
relaxed, quiet and poised. This man is the harpooner, and his job is to 
patiently wait for the moment. Then Melville gives us this sentence: “To 
insure the greatest efficiency in the dart, the harpooners of this world 
must start to their feet out of idleness, and not out of toil.”

What a marvelous picture for effective living! Those who would live each 
day to the fullest must prepare for them from a state of idleness rather 
than toil. For many people this means a daily period of quiet and 
meditation to focus, plan or pray.

Self help expert Brian Tracy calls it an indispensable daily time of 
planning and preparation. He suggests that we devote a full hour to alone
time every morning. That is when we set our daily priorities so that we, 
and not events, are in charge of our lives.

“I don't have time for that!” some people complain. “My life is simply too
busy to add one more thing to it.”

But most people find that a regular period of solitude to chart the day's
course, still the mind, listen and prepare actually creates more time than
it takes. For we are most effective when we start to our feet out of 
idleness and not out of toil.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of
Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing,
he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall
he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus says,
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither 
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor 
steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

John 13:12-15 “So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His 
garments, and was set down again, He said unto them,
Know ye what I have 
done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to 
wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should
do as I have done to you.”

1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of 
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for
evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will
love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his
lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him 
seek peace, and ensue it.”

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

Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem134.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: MY MIRACLE STORY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony186.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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