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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jul
29

Time Limit

Rick Beckett

Scripture
"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!" (2 Peter 3:11-12)
Observation
Whenever I play games with timers on them, I automatically feel a different type of pressure. I become more alert, I speed up my answers...I act different. A time limit is the key to squeezing out the greatest amount of energy and awareness in the midst of any game.

What would basketball be like without a shot clock? What would football be like without four quarters? Even pro skaters have a ticking clock that let's them know how many tricks are left. Time limits help us to focus, and give 100% during the game. They improve our performance.

The same is true for us. We have a time limit here on earth.
And whether we like it or not, the clock is running out. That means that we give God our best. We live with holiness and godliness like there will be no tomorrow. We choose love because we may not have time for bitterness. We give because we don't know when the buzzer will sound. It is important for us to live life knowing that the time is running out, because we learn to focus on what is important, and we put our very best into each day.
Application
I never want to get comfortable in life. Too often we plan for our future, retirement, and next year (don't get me wrong planning is good), but what about today? What will I do with today? The game clock is ticking down, and no one knows when it will end. I want to play each day like it's my last, and give God the best performance that I possible can. There is a time limit on our lives, and the time is running out fast.
Prayer
Father, Thank you for the game clock that you have placed on our lives. I pray that I will take it to heart, and give you much more than just average. You deserve my best every day! -In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Devotions for July 29

Isaiah 57,58,59
Psalms 103
2 Peter 3

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