Tick-tock, tick-tock … The opening scene of the Irish dance group – Lord of the Dance.
You are forced to listen to the seconds slowly ticking away, one second at a time.
I am on my way to attend a second funeral in as many weeks. The one of a young boy aged 17, the other a lady of 88. Death has no age limit.
Look at your watch; yes, time is running out.
As the seconds tick away, I am almost forced to think on my own life. Am I leading a life of significance, or am I still busy with the cares and concerns of the day? What is my definition of significance, the one thing we would all like? Surely, there should only be one definition, and not each to his own?
Significance comes from fulfilling the God-given purpose for which we are made.
(Today God is First, Vol 1, Sept. 5, Os Hillman)
No matter whether you clean toilets for a living, or build an empire – you are significant when you fulfil your God-given purpose. Therefore, no matter what your circumstance are, if you are busy fulfilling your God-given purpose, God will pour “rivers of living water” through you (John 7:38) and then your life will have significance. We cannot ask for more. Rivers of living water … to be a blessing, and in turn be blessed.
I hear someone asking, “How do I know what my ‘God-given purpose’ is? Where do I start?”
The journey starts on our knees, seeking God’s face, building a relationship with Jesus first and foremost. And then, when we ask, He will answer us gladly and reveal to us the wisdom we all so desperately need. And through His wisdom, His purpose for our lives will become known. (James 1:5)
A man walked up to me at the one funeral, said I looked familiar, and then shared that he read my first book, and that his life was dramatically changed. He had to start over, doing things God’s way … and in the process becoming significant in God’s eyes.
Where do I stand?
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick… be encouraged, our Lord will not permit our departure from this earth one second before our work is done. Let us live a life of significance before our time is up.