Date: Monday, September 15
Scripture: Psalm 139:13-18
Verse: God, your plans are incomprehensible to me! Their total number is countless! (Psalm 139:17)
It never ceases to amaze me how much I do because it needs to get done, and how quickly I can, without thinking, push aside things that are far more important. Somewhere along the line, I heard this called the tyranny of the urgent. Meaning that like a tyrant, the things which need to be done now (or at least we think that to be true), have the ability to take over our life. Before we know it, some of our meaningful relationships are suffering, promises are broken, and we feel deeply out of control. One of the ways of overcoming the urgent-tyrant in us, is to begin to “think long,” as Mark Batterson puts it, to take an eternal perspective.
The psalm with which we begin this week reminds us of the eternal quality to our lives that we sometimes forget to consider. The psalmist reminds us that God was forming us before we were born; “you knit me together while I was still in my mother’s womb” (vs 13). Then the psalmist goes on to say that God has innumerable, incomprehensible plans for us. We weren’t made to simply bide our time on earth, but God has plans for us. The plans are not just for our time here, but they last beyond our lives on earth.
If you had parents or grandparents who prayed regularly for you, you know this is true. Their prayers don’t have expiration dates. The seeds they planted in your continue long after their lives on earth have been complete. Their faith continues in you. You have the opportunity to do that for someone else. Your prayers today for your children, grandchildren, the kids in the church or neighborhood, the child overseas you sponsor — all of those will continue to be your legacy. Don’t let the urgent-tyrant steal that time you can give that will last much, much longer.
Prayer: Give me the wisdom and creativity, O God, to think long and not allow the tyranny of the urgent to take over my life. Amen.
Action: Pray for younger people in your life, and give thanks for those who prayed for you.
Respond: Who are some of the people whose life of faith inspired you? Whose prayers for you continue to bear fruit even after their death?
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