I just realized an alarming truth: 2011 is half-way over.
How did that happen? How is it the end of July already? Weren’t we just watching the ball drop, making resolutions, renewing our gym memberships?
How are all those resolutions going, by the way? Anyone remember theirs? The two I can remember were:
- to read a book a month (nope), and
- run the Bolder Boulder (yup).
Time marches on, doesn’t it?
Whether or not we are aware of it, our days and our weeks just keep moving along. And the older I get, the quicker this happens.
When I was in high school I remember one of my classmates saying, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day.” I was completely boggled by her comment, wondering how in the world she could be that busy at 17.
That phrase now feels known and fully understood by this non-17-year-old.
And yet the Lord is still here. The Psalms reminds us of the One who is not constrained by time.
- “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.” (Psalm 34:11)
- “I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread.” (Psalm 37: 26)
- “O God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still declare Your wondrous deeds. And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.” (Psalm 71:17-18)
I believe the Lord gives us these verses to remember two things:
- God’s plan is eternal. He was, and is, and is to come. His plan for humanity reaches beyond what our eyes can see.
- God has a specific plan for our lives to impact future generations. I love the end of Psalm 71:18 that says “to all who are to come.”
Who are the ones to come?
Who are the women, the men, the future generations that are yet to be born? Maybe they’re our grandchildren? Maybe great-great-grandchildren?
Think of how you came to know the Lord. Maybe it wasn’t even through a family member. Who introduced you to the Lord? Who might have influenced them?
What a gift of salvation we have been given! How can we be faithful with this gift?
- Show your children the love of Jesus, in both words and actions
- Mentor a woman who is younger than you
- Share your faith with someone who doesn’t know Jesus
- Volunteer in the children’s department at your church
- Take your youth pastor’s wife to coffee and ask how you can serve her and her family
- Pray that future generation, yet to be born
May we be mindful of the days that move so rapidly along and be women who are intentionally cultivating a Kingdom lineage and impacting future generations for Jesus Christ.
©2011 Julie Thomas
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