Love you all, praying for you.
On Sunday night, I was doing PiVAT Weekly for this week. So much can happen in a week, and there are several plans that you could pursue, even a completely different checklist. What a blessing to be able to ask God – that Master Planner, and your Heavenly Father. He has things for you to do this week! They are good. And He has things that He wants you to do – that are not for this week. They are for next week, or the week that follows. Thinking about them or worrying about them, merely steals the time that this week brings. Not the most productive, and definitely not God’s best. It keeps you from doing well – the things He has for you this week, or today. Praise God – He said “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself… If you know what God has called you to do today. PiVAT before dinner, and PiVAT Weekly will tell you - then don’t waste time and energy thinking or worrying about what God has in the future – the same grace that He has for you today – will be there for you - then. Keep your focus on Him, in joy and praise, and keep your focus on what He has put your hand to - today. For some reason as I was doing PiVAT Weekly – actually later on Sunday than I normally do… I clicked the time and date stamp on the lower right hand corner of my Windows 10 laptop. And for the first time I noticed something. 9:04 pm, but it said 9:04:07. It had the seconds running off the clock as I watched. How weird. It wasn’t like a stop watch timing the 40 yard dash, or how long it takes to swim to the other side of the pool. These seconds, 07, 08, 09 were ticking with no reset button on the stop watch. It’s almost like seeing your life pass before your eyes. Funny thing about life – it passes in seconds. It’s actually a pretty regular rhythm, just slightly slower than my pulse (I checked – heart’s still beating – that’s a plus). I looked at e-sword and search the word “hour.” It was mentioned 94 times. When I typed in “minute” - zero results. I typed in “second” and got 173 – but it was referring to a list of items or options, not the measurement of time. I’m so glad God doesn’t ask us to be faithful every second – our head would be spinning. But He does tell us the power of an hour – or a moment. I watched my life pass by for about ten seconds, and couldn’t help but thinking about – what I was doing in this second. Several of them passed by the time I finished formulating the thought. I noticed I couldn’t stop the clock. But I thought about what I was thinking in those seconds. Praise? Worry? Fear? Thanksgiving? How easily a rabbit trail of thoughts down a useless path… could consume precious time. I recognized the LORD telling me, that while they are passing, they’re not being lost – just passing. But I really want to be sure those few seconds of thoughts – are invested in things that build, invested in the praise of God, the diligence of what He wants me to think and do, and I just praised God for the revelation that we don’t need to worry about seconds – just be faithful this hour. Just rejoice in this moment – and rest in Him. He holds time in His hands. He doesn’t rewind it very often. He did stop it once – for Joshua, but we can trust Him with it. We don’t have to worry or stress over every second, but it’s good to notice the seconds to remind us of God’s love and faithfulness, and the opportunity we have to do right now what He designed us to do and what He assigned us to do! Praise and Follow – that’s what obeying is, doing what He leads you – that next step, the next thought. Seconds and minutes become hours and days. And these are important. Ephesians 5:15-16 – Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the LORD is. God has a will for your time today, the seconds, the minutes the hours and the days. PiVAT before dinner, and PiVAT Sunday for this week – seeking His will is wise. Not understanding it is foolish, because once it passes, it’s gone. Praise God – He’s not a task-master or slave-driver. He’s a loving Heavenly Father – one of His Love languages is quality time. He loves spending time with you. When you chose His presence, with your seconds and minutes, as He leads - He meets your there, with His love, His warmth, His peace, and hope, and joy, and the secrets of His heart that He wants to reveal to you. Every second spent with Him is worth it – a game changer, a life changer! Praying that you will know what He has for you today, even in this hour, that you won’t waste time thinking about what He has for you at another time, but be fully engaged with joy and diligence in what He has for you right now, this hour, and this day.
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!