A Little Kneeology – ‘every living and breathing moment’ (11-3-17)

A Little Kneeology…Ephesians 5:16 (Voice)  “Make the most of every living and breathing moment because these are evil times.”

This morning I had some very specific plans so I got up early so that I could get some breakfast, a quick cup of coffee and get on my way. The day was already full of busyness as I had so much to wrap up, and also to get ready for the big rally in Galveston. As I entered the living room my little toddler granddaughter, Laila, reached out her arms and said, “Hey, Pawpaw!”. Taking her in my arms, she kissed me and snuggled up in my neck and beard. I sat down with her and we spent two hours loving on each other and watching Elmo, making the most of that **living and breathing moment**.

I know Paul was speaking of taking every opportunity to witness to others about Jesus but he was also, in my opinion, speaking about taking advantage of every moment to enjoy life and one another, as well as to do good. As life’s moments are not able to be re-lived, except in our memories, it is so important that we take every opportunity to enjoy life because there is, without doubt, opposition from the enemy and the world itself.

It was once advertised, “LOST: yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward offered, for they are gone forever.”

I know that we have been told that we are to stay busy until the Master returns, but I also know in the spirit of Jesus it is important just how we stay busy. I have come to evaluate busyness, with the Lord’s help, by a standard of asking myself one major question, _“In comparison with, and in the scope of eternity, just how important is this particular matter or task?”_

In other words, will my fretting and worrying, being so busy with a matter or task make any difference in mine or another’s eternity?  Have you ever asked yourself, “Why would God make flowers if He didn’t want us to take time to smell them and notice their beauty?”

I am sure that a great deal of the busyness that we allow to smother us is just that, busyness, the kind of stuff that the world wants to distract us with. and the result of what we have deemed to be important for our own agendas. I guess some of that wisdom that comes with age is the realization that a lot of what we once thought was so important and robbed us of precious opportunities was not of the Lord’s design.

As I am writing this note I could not help but listen to Dolly Parton sing “Precious Memories” and as she sang the words, “Precious memories, how they linger”. I pray that each of us will realize the value of each moment and let not one get lost in the busyness between sunrises for they will be lost forever.
Thank you Lord for the precious moments.  Amen.
NOTW, Bro. Mike