New Year's Eve, my wife and I stood before the altar in our church sanctuary quietly praying, as a new era in history was ushered in, with horns blowing and fireworks exploding in the surrounding neighborhood streets. We were praying that God would help us become more effective servants in His Kingdom; investing each new day toward that which will matter for eternity.

We have several members in their ninety's in our congregation. In fact, one of our ladies, Ethel, celebrated 98 years of life, just a few days, ago. I've often commented on her positive outlook, despite several physical limitations. She wants to live everyday she's alive.

Consider this truth:

Some people spend their lives … others live theirs, making each day count.

"To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life -- that is indeed a gift from God. The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God gives him (her) joy." Ecclesiastes 5:20.

If you want to leave your mark in this world, by making a worthy contribution, you will have to become a skilled manager of your days, for time is a limited commodity. Nobody has more than 168 hours in a week and nobody knows how many weeks, days, hours, minutes, or even seconds will make up his or her "lifetime." Also, it stands to reason that since time is relatively short, no matter how long we live, nobody can do everything.

Someone has said, "Since time is our most irreplaceable resource … wasting time is our greatest mistake." I would add to that, time attracts many robbers.

Setting priorities effectively is the key to effectively living your life. In the Phillips translation of Ephesians 5:15 we read, "Live life with a due sense of responsibility … make the best use of your time."

But, with so many options to choose from, how can anyone be assured of consistently making the right use of time. Well, you might ask yourself this question, "If today were my last day of life, how would I live it?"

The Psalmist asked God to "…teach us to number our days.(Ps. 90:12)."

I believe: The best use of your time today, is to invest it in something that outlasts today!

Make Today Count,

Pastor Steve