One of the funniest things I pass on a regular basis is a set of stairs that leads nowhere. It’s near my husband’s office at the seminary where he works. There likely was a door there once, or plans for one, but the stairs just look odd there now. I smile every time I pass them.
As I approach a new year, I’m thinking back over my life and ministry and trying to figure out what has been the most productive things I’ve accomplished over the past year.
There were some great things, but in at least one case, I was “climbing,” but ending up nowhere. I wasn’t lazy, but there was no “fruit” for my labors in that area—nothing I can point to and say, “That was worth my time.”
I don’t want that to happen next year.
I’m sitting down to consider where I want to end up so I can make wise strategies to get there.
Ephesians 2:10 says,
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
God not only created me, He gave me new life in Christ; and with that new life He also created work projects for me. It’s my responsibility to pray and listen so I can discover those good works He has prepared for me to accomplish.
Life is too short to miss what God has planned for me to do.
The older I get, the more I am struck by the brevity of life. The Bible makes this so clear:
“… our days on earth are like a shadow…” (1 Chronicles 29:15).
“…my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away…” (Job 9:25).
I am like “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
I found myself praying today:
Lord, teach me to consider my days so I can grow in wisdom. Remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered and fleeting. Help me make the best use of the time You have given me. (Psalm 90:12; 39:4; Ephesians 5:16)
I don’t want to end up on a stairway to nowhere.
What are you doing to evaluate your life before you head into a new year?