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Is Your Life Making a Difference?
by Tonja Taylor
1/11/2020 / Devotionals
Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air], says James 4:14 (AMPC)
It is said by some experts that, “In five years, the only things that will matter are the books you have read, the music you’ve listened to, the things you have experienced, and the relationships you've developed--for good or bad.”
Overall, I agree, for it is these things that shape the entirety of most of our lives.
We must ask ourselves daily, “Is what I am doing and seeing and hearing making a positive difference in my life and others’? If not, what must I change to be more effective?”
The LORD says that guarding our hearts—being careful what we see and hear and do—is of utmost importance. It is because these things mold us, and if they are not godly, they will mold us in ways that are against God—and make it hard for us to go God’s way.
Some important questions to ask yourself are: “Will what I’m doing be recorded in eternity as helping people?” and “Do I believe what I am doing or seeing or hearing or speaking to be in the will of God Who loves me and gave His blameless Son Jesus to die for me so I could go free?” and “Is what I’m doing making a positive difference in the lives of others?”
Psalm 90:12 (AMPC) says, “Teach me to number my days correctly, that I may gain a heart of wisdom.
GOD is love and His plans for us are good and only good (Jeremiah 29:11). We are here on earth because He created and sustains us and put us here to understand that He loves us and wants to share that love with others through us.
He is faithful to guide us in His way. The deep, sublime, loving relationship with Him is the most important thing on earth, and all else we do should flow from that. He makes His will and way known to us, and truly, His way is easy and light, when we learn what He wants. He is a loving gentle patient Father Who always leads us in right paths for our best and His glory.
“All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man,” says Ecclesiastes 12:13 (AMPC).
If you want your life to make even more a difference for your Heavenly Father, say this prayer out loud, and you can repeat it when you desire to. He loves you and hears you when you pray in His will (I John 5:14-15), and it is certainly His will that this life He gave you make a positive difference for Him:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for abundant life through Jesus (John 10:10)! I love You and want to know You better and I ask You to show me more about Your perfect will. Please confirm those things in my heart that I’m doing or desire to do for You; give me clues along the way to help me know I’m going in the right direction. I delight to do Your wonderful will! You are my loving Daddy God Who adores me and has the Ephesians 2:10 Plan for me where I will be the most prosperous, effective, protected, and satisfied, and that is what I want. It will help many others and bring You glory, and that is what I want. So thank You and I love You. In Jesus’ Name, amen!
Tonja K. Taylor is the author of many works, including THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCESS PEARL, P.O.W.E.R.* Girl! series. She and her husband Clayton minister the Word through teaching, preaching, and the arts, via River Rain Creative Arts (You Tube, God Tube), their church, and beyond.
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