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“Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator.  Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, ‘Life is not pleasant anymore.'”  (Ecclesiastes 12:1, NLT)

To “honor God” is to give weight to His will and His way in all that you do.

We “dishonor” God when we “dis” (as in “disregard,” “dismiss,” and “discard”) His invitations.

Most of us do not think of ourselves as “old” (even if we’ve passed the two-thirds point of our life expectancy).  For such people — in particular — the words of Ecclesiastes have a message: Honor God while you can!  Do not allow what the bible calls “the pride of life” to cause you to forget your Creator.

All living things are like grass: Waxing in the springtime, then waning in the autumn.  All living things are like the flower: Fading at the end of its day.

It is far better at the end of our days — when our strength is waning — to have memories of God’s love, care, and faithfulness.  Employ your vigor to make more such memories today!  – Luther

 

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6, NASB)

As disciples of Jesus, we sell-short the vast and powerful Resource available to us in decision-making when we refuse to trust our heavenly Father with all of our heart.

A divided heart encourages confused loyalties.  The antidote is to be committed to do whatever it is — however small — to maintain a vital, growing, relationship with God; and make that task first thing you do.

Even when we err, “He will make your paths straight” back to fellowship and peace with Him.  Such journeys are easiest when we act while inspiration burns within us; and when the path to reconciliation, liberty, and life begins with the smallest of steps to the side.  – Luther

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