Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:15-16 (NIV)
What will you give yourself to in this life? What is an acceptable use of your time? What is worthy of your whole-hearted effort? How will you use the life that you have been given? What do you hope to accomplish? What do you want to achieve? Where are you headed? Where will you go? What will you do? You have asked me a lot of questions. Do you think that I have the answers? Can I know the future? Can I see what is around the corner? Do I know what is coming next? Do, I have a road map that lays out each step of my life. Do I know what tomorrow will bring? No, I do not. You are the one who knows the answers to your questions. Yes, I do.
I would still like to try and answer some of your questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. I will give myself to following and serving you. Living my life with and for you is an acceptable use of my time. I will immerse myself in living the life that you have given me to live. I will love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will give myself fully to coming to know you. I will walk with you. I will talk with you. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I will go where you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will diligently use all the gifts and talents and abilities that you have given to me. I will apply myself fully to knowing and doing your will. It is my prayer that I will accomplish your purposes and fulfilled your plans. It is my prayer that you will use me as your bright and shinning witness in the world. This is where I will go. This is what I will do. I will follow you to where ever I am headed. You know the future. You have the plan. You know my next steps. You have all the answers. My life is completely in your hands. I will trust you. I will walk with you. I will rely on you. Lead me to where you want me to go. Give me what you want me to do. I will follow you. That is very good.
Lord, thank you for giving me gifts, talents and abilities with which I can serve you. Help me to cultivate, develop and diligently use what you have given to me. I will immerse myself in following and serving you. Help me to be a witness for you in the world. Amen
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