Daily Inspiration: Light dispels darkness and attracts others to it. Shine! Lord, I will show everyone that I am happy; I will tell them this by a simple manner and a happy face.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86:5
A Time to Think: Sometimes God makes better choices for us than we could have ever made for ourselves. –Jennifer Hudson Taylor
A Time to Act: Become more aware of the blessings that surround you.
A Time to Pray: Father, of all the gifts and blessings You bestow on us, the greatest is the miracle of life. Let me find joy and satisfaction in every amazing, improbable moment.
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25
PrayFit devotional: Through Your Life; Jan 24, 13; Read: Psalm 89
“For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?” –Psalm 89:6
Yesterday I got the most humbling invitation. The Director of Alumni Relations e-mailed me and said that the Regional Alumni Selection Committee selected me as one of four Distinguished Alumni of The University of Texas at Tyler where I attended graduate school. Not only that but I’ve been invited to accept the award at the Alumni Awards Gala in March being held in our honor. Friends, family and former professors will be there to celebrate and reminisce with me. Part of their correspondence said, “Thank you for your talent, your accomplishments and for bringing attention and value to your alma mater through your life.”
Now, I’m sure we’ll be sharing details as it comes closer, and we’re already praying for the opportunity to speak at a church while we’re there, but let’s go back to the end of that sentence. “Through your life.” Not throughout my life, but through it — within it, inside it. Reading it the first time was rough, but re-typing it was even tougher; talk about humbling and undeserved. In that moment, I wished I had been a better student.
It’s easy to think of Heaven on days like this. We’ve accepted an invitation we don’t deserve, to celebrate a reward we didn’t earn. You know, if we’re allowed to reminisce about earth as we sit at Heaven’s table, I know for certain that I’ll wish I had been a better Christian, a stronger witness, and a closer follower. What could I have done with my life, my words, my thoughts, and my health for the Lord? Oh, but grace. Thankfully like the old hymn says, we’ll “turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face. And the things on earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” –Jimmy Peña
Question: Someday, we may just find out what more we could have done with our lives and health for the cause of Christ. I want my list to be short. What changes will you make today to ensure that you are as able and capable physically to fulfill your purpose?