We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.
Romans 15:2 (New Living Translation)
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Romans 15:2 (New International Version)
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us.
Romans 15:2 (The Message)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1 (New Living Translation)
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1 (New International Version)
Oh, thank God—he’s so good! His love never runs out.
Psalm 107:1 (The Message)
Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth,
the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep.
Proverbs 25:3 (The Message)
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
Proverbs 25:3 (New International Version)
No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth,
or all that goes on in the king’s mind!
Proverbs 25:3 (New Living Translation)
The Lord is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Psalm 28:7 (New Living Translation)
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.
Psalm 28:7 (New International Version)
He proved he’s on my side;
I’ve thrown my lot in with him.
Now I’m jumping for joy,
and shouting and singing my thanks to him.
Psalm 28:7 (The Message)
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
Psalm 73:26 (New Living Translation)
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26 (New International Version)
When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
God is rock-firm and faithful.
Psalm 73:26 (The Message)
Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
Back in the 1950s and 60s, there was a lot of talk about the future. There seemed to be a utopian dream here in America in which we thought things in the future would be better and that technology would solve our problems.
Well, we have lived long enough to know that this is not going to happen. Technology won’t save us. No manmade solution will deliver the answers we are looking for.
As Christians, we are here on this earth with a task to fulfill and a job to do. So how should we be living in light of that fact? What all of us should desire to be doing is to live our lives well.
If you had one year left to live, how would you live? Would you live your life any differently than you did the year before? This is something we have to come to grips with as believers, because we want to deal with reality. We want to face the facts of the brevity of life on Earth and the reality of life in the future. It isn’t morbid to think about death; it is realistic. It is the Christian who understands the brevity of life and the reality of eternity.
The tragic thing is that many today are living shallow, wasted lives. Daniel said to King Belshazzar, “You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting” (Daniel 5:27). On God’s scale, Belshazzar was a lightweight. And like Belshazzar, there are a lot of people today who simply waste their lives.
Even more tragic than a life that is not lived as long as we would like to see it lived is a life that is largely squandered and wasted. So don’t waste your life. Don’t waste your year. Don’t waste today. Make every day count.
by Greg Laurie
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
1 John 4:12 (New Living Translation)
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:12 (New International Version)
No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!
1 John 4:12 (The Message)