Have you ever faced your own mortality? Have you gazed upon the nearness of death? Have you suddenly been awakened to the preciousness of life?
This happened to me a week ago when I stood before one of the masked men that invaded my home and ordered me by gunpoint to get on the ground. As he moved to my back, still aiming his gun to my head, I wondered, “Is this the way my life will end?” Within moments, my life was spared. The Lord used my husband to bravely rescue me and protect our family from harm.
As I marvel with gratitude at God’s deliverance, I am also struck with a profound realization that I have been given a gift. Along with this gift comes a huge responsibility. It is a responsibility to be a good steward of the days God gives me, whether it be many or few. Life is too precious to take granted.
We don’t have to experience a tragedy in order to examine our priorities. Hopefully we can take the time before a crisis to stop and make adjustments.
I am not sure what the healing process will look like for me in the days and weeks ahead, but I am trusting the Lord to help me thrive following this trauma. While on this journey with Jesus, here is what I will focus on:
Always say “yes” to the Lord. I want to live in willing obedience. Whatever He says, I will do. Wherever He leads, I will follow. His Word directs my steps and lights my way. I step out in faith as He empowers me.
Tell the ones I love that I love them often. I cherish my family and friends, and will frequently express my care for them. I want them to have fond memories of my devotion. I will do my part to deal with conflict and resolve unpleasant issues so that they do not infect relationships.
Spend my time on the things that are important. Saying “yes” to the Lord and investing in relationships are priorities to me. Proper self-care is essential for my healing too. My calendar must reflect my priorities. I must order my schedule accordingly.
Don’t take life for granted. What is the Lord speaking to your heart about priorities? What adjustments will you make to reflect what is really important?
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth (Psalm 115:1).
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of life. Help me to steward my time well and to place Your will at the center. Show me how to order my priorities, and grant me courage to make the necessary changes. I want to live a life of purpose on purpose, glorifying You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.