Thursday, December 30, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY...what's in a day?

I was looking ahead in my new 2011 calendar.
Filling in important upcoming events. It already looks like the new year is going to be a full one.

Sometimes I find myself all wrapped up in what my tomorrows hold and forgot all about the importance of "today". This is exactly how some people look at becoming followers of Christ...they imagine that one day they will give their hearts totally to God. Maybe they will serve Him nobly one day, possibly in another country doing great things for His Kingdom.

Its noble to want to do great things for God, but the problem is we don't have to wait until a certain time in our life, or when we are able to travel to foreign soil, we can all serve God right where we are, right now. We must not miss out on seizing the opportunities that swirl around us today!

2 CHRONICLES 16:9 "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."

  • Before David defeated Goliath, he was taking food to his brothers on the front line. But as he was faithful in a small way - God gave him more.
  • When God called Gideon to lead Israel, Gideon was threshing wheat.
  • When Elijah called Elisha into the Lord's service, Elisha was plowing a field.
  • When Jesus called Peter and John to become fishers of men, they were mending their nets.
You see, not one of these great men of God sat around wondering, "I wonder if God will ever do anything in my life?" Instead they were busy with the work that was at hand.

Its one thing to plan ahead, but sometimes I think while we are looking for distant opportunities, we miss out on the ones that are right before our eyes. I am thankful that God gives each of us new opportunities daily. Each day is new with Him. May we realize all that God has for us in a day!

Today is THANKFUL THURSDAY. Iris is hosting this week and we invite you to share your grateful heart by linking up with us. CLICK HERE to join us!

8 comments:

Amy said...

Wow... true words, right there!! Thanks for sharing.

* I am having a giveaway over at my blog. Would love to have you participate. :o}

Karen said...

I enjoyed this post! I remember the pastor doing an object lesson on that verse for us kids in Vacation Bible School. God will show Himself strong! Amen God bless you.

Joan said...

Great post, Laurie. Our lives are but a vapor and we should never wait around.

Blessings to you in the upcoming new year.

Rita T. said...

You are an encouragement to me today. Laurie. Blessings for a Happy New Year!

Tiff said...

I'm truly thankful for the work at hand. Most days. If I'm honest, which I am. :-)

Anyway - everything you wrote is very true.

Happy TT!

Nana Jul said...

You are absolutely right...He's at work all around us and calls us to partner with Him right here, right now!! He is so Awesome!
Happy TT.
Love,
Julie

Whidbey Woman said...

A great reminder to be open to the nudging of the Holy Spirit.
Happy Thankful Thursday, and many blessings in the New Year.

Cheri said...

In the moment...that's what I'm gonna work on this year.