I have met and known so many people in the last 14 years since I met Jesus. What could have happened in and through their lives if so many of the Jesus followers I knew had of continued with him? Sadly, most have not... :(
My soccer team at the age of 16! The last time I played soccer on a team since this year in Sarnia!
I honestly don't remember hardly any of these guys. (no offence if you are reading this!) I remember 1 guy's name in this picture!
It just goes to show how quickly time passes, and that it is unrecoverable! Yes, God can and will 'redeem time' that is wasted, it's true! But the Bible never says that he 'restores it'. Once it has passed, that's it!
I just had the thought today of how many kids I've known who started REALLY 'on fire' for God. Passionate about Jesus and their future's... only to hit a wall, or fizzle out along the way.
I have personally made it my aim to live my entire life with a passionate resolve to do the will of God every day, in every circumstance. To choose life, love, and righteousness. To step out on the water and have faith. And I'm the first to admit that there is a lot of times I've had to push, even with all the strength (grace) that I had. God has always enabled me. And it's been worth it. I haven't been perfect (by a long shot), but I've never stopped pushing in, and that has made the difference. I've succeeded and failed forward.
Maybe you're reading this and you feel like you're the same as me. Or maybe you're reading this and you feel like a failure. Honestly, in the last 14 years I've been both places... but now I'm waking up with a more passionate resolve than ever before to surrender my all to Jesus.
It's so so simply, yet it's challenge is the test of the ages. To put your "Isaac" on the altar - whatever your Isaac currently is - and follow Christ.
I hope you are encouraged today to continue on! Life is too short live one day without passion for your purpose! To love God with all you are, and love others out of the love relationship with him!
"Teach us, Lord, to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." - Moses