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Monday, May 01 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017            
       I discussed it with my better half and had been considering retiring this year from writing these weekday meditational thoughts. We’ve also prayed about it asking God to give us an indication of what to do. Well, I’m not sure yet if this was my sign or not but about ten days ago I was fixing my morning coffee and was debating if I should discard my almost spent bottle of coffee creamer since I had already bought a new one. Right before I threw it away I thought to myself “Why am I being wasteful? There’s not much left in this old plastic bottle but it still has something to give.” Needless to say, I kept it and used it until the end. I immediately wondered if the Lord was showing me that I was that old plastic bottle of creamer; I too may not have much left but I still have something to give. I believe the Lord, therefore, will continue to use me until I no longer can.
       Another odd thing has happened since I started debating whether or not to continue writing this blog. I now have about ten days of devotions written and ready to go. If you are familiar with my past history, you know that I usually miss one or two days in most weeks. Now more than before, perhaps I sense my time is running out and I want to do all that I can. The truth is that the Lord has done some mighty great things with people older than me, and because writing a blog is not such a big deal, maybe He’ll use me one more year, or two, or three. After all, nothing is impossible with God. On the other hand, at my age it is also highly possible this blog may end abruptly. Even so, lately this verse has become one of my favorite bible promises: “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:4) Every child of God who has reached the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” stage, should find a lot of comfort in this promise. He will rescue us!
       And to you younger folks, this reminder: If the Lord can use old-timers, he can use people from all age levels. If you are a child of God, Romans 8:28 is a reminder that we have all been called “according to His purpose.” That means that God has a special and specific plan for your life. Here is where many Christians hit a roadblock. They will say they don’t know what God’s plan for their life is. If that’s the case with you, then do for others whatever comes to your mind, or those things that come easy for you or you love to do. Regardless of the service you choose, if you do it with all your heart as if you’re doing it for the Lord, that’s what matters the most anyway.
 
God’s word for today (Colossians 3:23) “Whatever work you do, do it with all your heart. Do it as for the Lord and not for men.”
Posted by: Joe Martinez AT 10:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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