“Have mercy on me my God…I am in the midst of Lions,…” David cries out (Ps. 57). As we look around the world today there are many crying out for mercy for they too are in the midst of lions: their streets, neighborhoods, and cities have become battlefields where bloodshed and hatred flow, and bullets fly, and they are being hunted down. There are those who are on a daily search for food and water or healthcare to keep their children from dying. Others know the nightmare of earthquakes leveling all they have counted upon to stand and remain.
When I think of the lions prowling our world I realize that I am often only dealing with kittens when I get discouraged. My problems in comparison are dwarfed by the distress and devastations I see around the world. I think of the advice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s mother gave her, “‘Anger resentment, envy and self-pity are wasteful reactions that greatly drain one’s time and sap energy better devoted to productive endeavors.”
Today I am going to try to be grateful for what God has given and lift up my praises to God. I am also going to think about how I can be more useful for Christ and his Kingdom to those who are facing the Lions. And when I move my mind in that direction I can’t help but think of what Howard Thurman taught,
“I cannot say of my life that it is of no account; yet I am tempted to do so. I cannot say of the time I happen to be living that nothing seems to be happening, because it is not one of the great or tempestuous, or creative moments in human history.
My time is my time, and I must live my time with as much fullness and significance as I am capable of, because my segment of time is all the time I have. I cannot wait to begin living meaningfully when I will have more time, because my time is now. And my time must be filled with my flavor and my meaning.
Therefore, I will bring to my day, as insignificant as it may seem, my fullest mind, the greatest purpose, the most significant intent of which I am capable, because my time is not merely mine, but because my time is in God’s hands as well.”
God has given us “our time” or as some call it our “Dash,” that dash between the day we were born and the day we die. It is all the time we will have. The Lions are out and prowling in our world. How will we use our time for the Best Christ-Like Purposes?