We have no guarantees of a long life. Yesterday, Cindy and I were going about our own business driving home on the interstate. Suddenly a driver cut us off and we found ourselves in an uncontrolled fish tail. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I knew that there was little I could have done about it. I was able to get control of the car without any injuries or damage, but this incident was a reminder that life is fragile.
We all want to do everything we can to insure a long life. Most of us want to live as long as we can on this earth and then live forever in heaven after we die. There is a multitude of health books out on the market that contain formulas for living longer. In 1921 Lewis Terman of Stanford University began a study of 1500 subjects. He was interested in discovering the sources of intellectual leadership. Along the way the study found out some interesting things about what leads to a long life. The scientists found that many of the things we think add years to our lives are myths. Basically the study concluded that people with purpose in their lives usually live longer. These people have a direction and are immanently concerned with fulfilling that purpose.
My observation is that we as servants of the Lord have lost that. If you’ll look back over your ministry you must ask, “…why am I doing this?” It’s not the money, or the short work week or the lack of criticism, or the hospital visitation or the 3 or 4 sermons to prepare every week. There are many other things that could occupy my time and life and make a big difference in the world. So, why am I going through all the conflict and trouble to stay in the ministry? It must be the CALL OF GOD and the purpose that he gives to my life. The most stressful of all times in ministry is when we get off track of our mission and purpose for living.
Sometimes, it’s beyond your control. It could be that someone or something cut you off and you have found yourself fish tailing all over the interstate of your life. It may be that you are doing good stuff but you are just a little off course. If you don’t correct yourself and get back on the path God has laid out for you, you will not reach your destination, and your life will be cut short.
So, here’s the encouragement.
- Go back to your call. What did our Lord have in mind for you in the first place?
- Figure out your location. Are you where God wants you to be?
- If not, make a course correction. That may take time, or it may mean a sharp turn.
- Be active and deliberate in your plan to follow him.
There are still no guarantees that these things will add years to your life. But the Lord will add life to your years. I think that’s what all of us really want anyway.
Keep Lookin UP!!