Investing In Things That Last Forever

Aren’t you simply amazed at how quickly time flies?

Thanksgiving is around the corner, then Christmas, and soon, a new year! As we bid another year farewell, and begin to embrace the thought of beginning yet a new year, I want to pose you a question.

Have you ever thought about how you spend your life?

Every minute we live is an investment. Time planned; time exercised; time used up.

Paul speaks about how to live our lives in Ephesians 5:15-17 —

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17

I recently decided to go on a myPhotoWalk photoshoot to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, California. My goal was to capture some images for my blog posts like this one, and also some interesting images for our upcoming Quiet Time Ministries 2015 project of Devotional Photography eBooks. Out there in the beauty of God’s creation, I thanked the Lord for the opportunity to serve Him during my time on earth. And I thought about my own race in life. I was moved to pray for God to do a mighty work in and through me in this upcoming year.

There is nothing so exciting as seeing lives transformed by the Lord as we run our race in life. So many invest their lives in things that fade away with time. Two things last forever — people and God’s Word.

C.T. Studd used to say, “Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

So, indeed, how are you spending your life? You know, even your suffering, when lived in the strength and power of Christ, can bring glory to Him. Paul says, “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

A Word and Verse for the Year

I encourage you to take some time alone with the Lord to thank Him for all He is doing in your life, even in the areas you may not see or understand right now. Ask Him to lead and guide you. I like to ask Him for a word and a verse for the new year. This year my new word is going to be “Study” and my verse is Ezra 7:10, “Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.” I am going to focus intentionally on studying God’s Word and growing even deeper in my relationship with the Lord.

I encourage you to ask the Lord for a word and a verse for this upcoming year. I believe this is a great way to help us live with purpose and invest in those things that last forever.

Dear friend, may the Lord help you “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). May you make the most of your time in the upcoming year. And may He use you in the lives of others for His glory and draw you close to Him in His Word.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Things That Last Forever
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  • Description: Photoshoot at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 11/16/14
  • Camera: Nikon D800E, 80.0-400.0mm – FL 80.0 mm, ISO 100, f11.0 1/125sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot at The Living Desert in Palm Desert , CA, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Adjust.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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