|for the anti-myspacers..
||[Feb. 22nd, 2007|02:10 pm]
i decided to start doubling my blogs here so everyone else can read them and comment. anyway, im only starting the most recent, if you want to read previous blogs, you have to visit http://blog.myspace.com/hisnameextoled|
anyway, here is my last post.
"May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day." - taken from the prayer "Morning Dedication" in The Valley Of Vision
Such a simple idea on the surface. Who wouldn't want their best day to be their last. I was thinking about this, and I don't know of anyone who would want to leave a legacy that was consummated in a final moment of mediocrity. Normally, I am led to believe, that people would want their last moment to be one of glory. Glory. Can there be anything better than to live a glorious life? Fame, power, wealth, is there a pursuit that is not rooted in glory? Whose glory? That is the focal point here, and it is the deciding factory behind this prayer's closing statement. We as Christians do not seek our glory, we do not seek our own will. It would be a shame to die in the process of sinning against Christ, our Lord, and stand before Him in the shame of what we were just engaging in. Sure we'll be in heaven being children of God, but how pathetic a way to be entered through the gates of heaven, then be called out of a shameful act! This is precisely what this prayer is praying against. We know not when our ordained time to die is, so the only way to avoid such a sad predicament is to live every moment as one that glorifies our Lord, and not one that glorifies ourselves (tho it truly disgraces ourselves, but we are a deceived people when we sin glory in sin).
"May I speak each word as if my last word..." What is so important with how we speak? It is so easy to be caught up in the moment and let our tongue be careless. Slander, gossip, using the Lord's name improperly, lying, boasting (in anything but Christ), engaging in aimless debates and trivialities, there are so many ways that our speech can be used improperly. To have this aim means that, I do not want to engage in any idle speech! I don't want to be anything less than edifying when I converse with the other saints! I do not want to meet my Maker speaking anything shy of a completely admirable glorification of His excellence! Oh, what a great goal!
"...and walk each step as my final one." There are countless things we could choose to do. Plenty of places we can choose to go, and plenty of ways we can choose to spend our time. The path of righteousness, the way to heaven, is a narrow and restrictive path. There are many things we ought not to do, and sometimes they seem devilishly delightful. What we choose to do with our time, will it be for the glory of God? Where will I be found when Christ comes for me? Oh, that I am doing something worthy of His glory!
These lines, as simple as they may be, are in fact so hard to live by. However, if we do live by them, they will be of much profit and will benefit us greatly as we live lives of obedience and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. We do not know the time God has ordained for us to die, and we will never know. The only way that we can be sure that we meet our Lord, when we die, in a glorious state (for His glory), we must have this goal: that every moment is our last and we strive every moment to do what we ought to do. To live a life that has this as it's aim would be incredible and would ascribe much glory to God, as we should desire. I do no justice to this idea. I merely give some pondering, but consider them for yourself, and see if a live fulfilling such a prayer would not be one worth striving for. All glory to God. Let our lives be worthy of such a calling as we were called by God.