It’s vacation time ... or is it?
While it’s the big decisions that can change the course of our lives, it’s the small choices that can define a life. We often make these choices without thinking much about them.
“Maybe they’re just a part of our routine or a response to people in our lives. Maybe we’re in a hurry and just don’t take time to consider the implications of our everyday actions. If we did, we would see that behind every to-do list, calendar appointment and shopping list is an opportunity to live what we believe.”
— Live What You Believe, The Lutheran Community Foundation
It’s summer. You’re in vacation mode. The to-do lists are shorter, your calendar (breathe a sigh of relief here…) has large blocks of open time, and maybe, just maybe, you can sleep in until 8:00 a.m. Perhaps you’ve had time to read that book that has been lying on your bedside table for two months or maybe you were able to slip away for a trip to the beach. You’re just “being,” not “doing.” Ahhh!
So, while the lazy days of summer may not seem like the time to think about your plans for the fall, there may be no better time for you to carve out a plan for how you are going to live a life of significance. God calls us to lives of action; lives that show who we are through Him, and yet, I would hazard a guess that some of us put less thought into how our lives appear to God than we do into our food choices for the day or our clothing choices for that special event. Today is the day to change that. Tomorrow may be too late, or at least, too busy.
Have you considered whether the things you filled your calendar with last year were actions that created a “God Moment” in someone’s life or made an impact on your church? If not, it’s time to sit down with family or friends and commit to godly actions this fall. Have you thought about sharing your time and talents with God? Are you honoring the King first? How can you make God a greater priority?
We actively demonstrate our generosity of the heart by living what we believe every day, but we also need to search for ways to enthusiastically share that generosity with others. As fall approaches, visit our church website, read the church newsletter, talk to members of the congregation – find an area of ministry at our church that interests you and consider sharing your generosity now!
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)