Inspiring Leaders: How to Thrive in the Tension of Time?
Let’s begin with this passage of Scripture found in Psalm 90:12. “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
The tension of the time we live on this earth is evident to us all and in particular when one reviews the three components of time, the tension can be seen in striking fashion. Our past screams at humanity with feelings of guilt, missed opportunities, failed visions, and the monotonous reliving of our yesterdays. Our present stresses us with the lack of resources, limited abilities, and deficient strength, or so it seems, for the journey. Our future looms at us with the fearful possibilities, the uncertainties of tomorrow, and the seemingly unattainable dreams.
So the question remains, how can one thrive, prosper, bloom, or even flourish in the various tenses of time? How does one take advantage of their past? How can one seize each day, and even each moment for the glory of God? How can we better prepare for our future in light of God’s kingdom?
The answer is found in the following passages:
• Psalms 90:12 (NKJV) “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
• Psalms 39:4 (NASB) “LORD, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.”
If the church is going to impact community, and if the leaders are going to accomplish the full purpose of God, then we must take advantage of the time that has been given to us by God. The Psalmist tells us that there is value and there is wisdom in considering the shortness of our lives in light of eternity. So how do we accomplish this task?
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...isten, don 't turn a deaf ear” (MSG).
• THIRD, LET’S A LOOK AT THE FUTURE. I’M GOING TO CALL IT “THE HOPE OF AHEAD”
This means that MY FUTURE IS NOT SO MUCH THE PLANS I HAVE MADE AS THE HOPE I AM BEING CALLED TO! “There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country” (Jeremiah 31:17, NKJV). The future is about hope. Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become a reality. God always wanted Israel to see their hope as in Him and Him alone. The Scriptures are replete with their continual lack of attention to the things that made the difference. The Lord spoke in Deuteronomy 32:28-29 (NASB) “Would that they [Israel] were wise, that they understood this, that they would discern their future!” He would speak again in Lamentations 1:9 (GW), “Jerusalem gave no thought to its future. Its downfall was shocking.”
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