The Difference a Day Makes!

Yesterday at this time, I was sitting in the boardroom at work with the country’s chief, the Minister of Education and Permanent Secretary as a member of my organization’s senior management team. The prime minister had just completed a tour of the organization and we were chatting, laughing and updating him, followed by light refreshments.

Today, I am lying on my mother’s couch, not long ago having returned from the doctor. My body is in a totally different zone. It is the second such episode of this nature in less than a year. I won’t go into details, but I didn’t have the best of nights and needed special assistance throughout the night and morning. Had I been in this condition yesterday, I would have certainly not been able to robustly participate in such an important visit.

Yesterday’s strength is like a vapour and I rest here on this couch BUT for the grace of God! Yesterday, I felt so full of life! It makes me ponder on the fact we are BUT flesh and blood. It is so important to not boast in our own natural strength. People have dropped dead on the job or woke up fine and by evening have been hospitalized. There is even the story of a young man who fainted during a basketball game and today is a quadriplegic. I am reminded of the text in James 4 v 14 which says, “…for what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vainisheth away.”

I encourage you today to humble yourself before the Lord because, “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17 v 28). We are but dust and to dust we shall return: black, white, educated, illiterate, poor, middle class, rich….it does not matter. Think not that you exist on your own accord. We cannot take another breath unless He gives us power.

Think on these things.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Give God What’s Right – Not Left!

I remember when I was studying online for my Master’s degree with Kent State University. It was two years of financial sacrifice, but also sacrifice of my time. I worked all day, then went home to conduct research, write papers, do homework and respond to classmates. Weekends, nights, early mornings, holidays, were not mine. So perhaps you would understand why I felt compelled to tour the campus, participate in graduation activities for international students, meet my favourite professor and walk across that stage!

But what I really wish to get across is the fact that I had to make major adjustments early into that Master’s program. I found that I would go home, eat and then head straight to a book or my computer. I then noticed I would finish LATE at night or sometimes not really be finished, but just decided because I was soooooo mentally and physically drained, I needed to shut down the computer or close the book.

I also noticed that when it was time to pray, it was quick, just to acknowledge God at the end of the day and I wasn’t spending as much time in His Word. Note, I was doing something positive – studying for a degree. This would result in advancement in life, but while studying for higher attainment of something natural, my spiritual life was being sapped.

As a Christian, you know when you’re not spending quality time with God. You feel it. Just think about how many of us can spend over an hour at dinner with a friend or loved one, chatting about the latest happenings in our lives. It’s like nothing to watch a movie that is over an hour. And we have no problem spending hours – literally hours – at theme parks. After all, we have to get our money’s worth – right?! I sure do!

But what about spending time with God?

What woke me up besides the emptiness I was feeling, was also passing a church sign that said, ‘Don’t give God what’s left. Give Him what’s right!’ That immediately resonated with me and even to this day, though I’ve previously and since passed many church signs, that is the one which stands out to me. It is the one I remember and have shared with others.

I have found that it is easy to be busy doing good! There is nothing wrong with volunteering for charity, mentoring youth, studying towards a degree etc., but that quiet, personal time in prayer, study of God’s Word and meditation – more importantly application of that Word – are extremely important for spiritual sustenance and growth.

The Word of God is bread. It is water. Just as the body needs food and water to survive, so our spiritual bodies need food and water for sustenance.

I encourage you to be intentional about your time with God. We give the world and family LOTS of our time. What about God, who gives us life, health and strength to do the things we do?

As Paul admonishes in 1 Timothy 4:13, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.’ The Word of God is God’s blueprint for living a godly life right here on earth.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah