Stop Wasting Your Life
One of my biggest fears in life is coming to the end and realizing that I‘d wasted it.
I could just see myself as an old man sitting in a rocking chair somewhere and thinking back across the years. I’d get this sinking, sick feeling in the pit of my stomach – the kind of feeling you get when you show up to school and forgot it was test day. I’d done nothing that mattered and now I’ve run out of time.
I’d been too consumed with my own world to care about those around me. I hadn’t used the skills and passions God gave me – gifted to me – to make followers of Jesus. Instead, I’d used them to make money, advance in my career, and build self-serving relationships.
I’ve wasted my life.
The thing about this fear is that it’s just not true. Sure, there are plenty of people who have laid on their deathbed and realized they wasted their whole lives, said something to that effect, and then died. But in my scenario, I’m just an old man. I still have life to live. I still have something to give to the world. Now, don’t get me wrong, its not ideal to wait until I’m old to realize this, but if I still have air in my lungs, God has given me this gift – the gift of life – and I can use it for His glory.
So here’s my question for you: young or old, how are you using your life? How are you stewarding the time and talents God gave you? Are you using them for yourself or to impact your family, neighborhood, and community for King Jesus?
If nothing immediately comes to mind, you may have that sinking feeling in your stomach right about now. Your heart is beating fast. Your mind is racing. God might be using these words to tap into your heart and stir something inside you. Don’t ignore it!
Instead, take this moment to do something.
Around New Charlotte, we ask people to get on a team. Why do we say that? Well, we know it’s easy for us as believers to sit on the sideline or, even back a step further, in the stands. We watch God working, but don’t join him. Its so easy to sit back week after week with our drink in one hand, snack in the other and yell at the men and women on the field who are doing the work – grinding, sweating, pushing, making a difference. All the while, we sit back thinking we could do a better job, but thinking about it doesn’t affect the score.
Criticizing doesn’t change the game. Getting on the team does.
If you aren’t on a team, you’re missing out on God’s best for you. It won’t be easy, it certainly won’t be comfortable, but guaranteed – it will be worth it. It may mean that you look back and say that the day you jumped on a team was the day you stopped wasting your life and started living it with purpose.
If you want to be on a team at New Charlotte, sign up here to attend Team Link on November 5th.
Ron Dasher is Community Pastor at New Charlotte. When he’s not imagining his life as an old man, he’s drinking coffee, F3ing and spending time with his lovely wife, Lindsey, and their adorable kids.