The Appointed Time

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NASB)

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Can you believe that we are starting the 2nd decade of the 21st Century?  It seems just yesterday that we were hearing all the talk about Y2K.  Now that’s over 10 years ago!  As we begin a New Year and decade, many folk will take time to evaluate what they have accomplished in the past year.  I believe that is a great discipline that will help us stay focused on the mission God has given us.

However, let me suggest an additional way to look at your New Year review:  Take time to consider, in addition to what you have accomplished, what God has accomplished in your life in the past year or beyond.  If we begin this new decade with a renewed appreciation for what God is doing in our lives, I suspect that we will be more likely to make choices that will align us with God’s purposes in the future.

So, let me suggest that you pick a morning, afternoon or evening, (or a whole day if you dare) and have a Yearly Review.  Take time to review not only what you have accomplished, but also what God has done (remembering that much of what we want to take credit for would have been out of reach without God’s help, wisdom and strength)!  Then ask God for wisdom in setting your priorities for the New Year.  Consider writing down the action steps that will help move you toward the fulfillment of your God-given priorities.  Then plan goals for each month of the coming year.  I suspect you will be amazed at how God helps you fulfill His purposes as you seek to fill His appointed time for you with His appointed tasks!

“…make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5 (CEV)

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40 Days of Purpose – Day 4

This is Wednesday, May 3, 2006 which is Day 4 of our 40 Days of Purpose. For these 40 days we will be posting daily devotions based on the material in Rick Warren’s best selling book, The Purpose-Driven Life. We invite you to get a copy of the book and read daily one of the 40 chapters of the book along with us. This podcast contains material from the book as well as supplemental material

DAY 4 – MADE TO LAST FOREVER

This life is not all there is!

“God has…planted eternity in the human heart.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time on the other side of death—in eternity—than you will here. This life is preparation for the next.

You have an inborn instinct that longs for immortality. This is because God designed you, in his image, to live for eternity. Even though we know everyone eventually dies, death always seems unnatural and unfair. The reason we feel we should live forever is that God wired our brains with that desire!

Matthew Henry said, “It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our final day.”

So, spend some time today preparing for eternity!

40 Days of Purpose – Day 3

Welcome to FaithBuilders. This is Pastor Bill Crane.

This is the devotional for Tuesday, May 2, 2006 which is Day 3 of our 40 Days of Purpose. For these 40 days we will be posting daily devotions based on the material in Rick Warren’s best selling book, The Purpose-Driven Life. We invite you to get a copy of the book and read daily one of the 40 chapter of the book along with us. We are scheduled to read Chapter 3 in the book today. Click here to listen to the podcast version of this devotional.

DAY 3 – WHAT DRIVES YOUR LIFE?

Everyone’s life is driven by something!

“I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy.” Ecclesiastes 4:4 (LB)

What is the driving force in your life?

Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. There are five great benefits of living a purpose-driven life:

– Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life…

– Simplifies your life …

– Focuses your life …

– Motivates your life.

– And knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.

Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. Yet, what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but what God says. Living to create an earthly legacy is a shortsighted goal. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy. You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.

Let’s review our memory verse for this week which answers the Question, “What on earth am I here for?” The verse is Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10