If you’re as big a fan of the game of baseball as I am, you probably think of the College World Series when you see the letters CWS. Even Google associates CWS with the College World Series. When I typed CWS into the search box, College World Series of Omaha appeared in the second spot.
Sorry baseball fans, but this morning CWS has a focus on Christ Who Strengthens. CWS can be a comforting thought in a diy (Do It Yourself) world.
When I typed diy projects into Google, the search engine gave me 42,500,000 results. The list included home decorating, cake decorating, decorating Easter eggs, recipes for cheesecake, and instructions for cheesy projects.
My problem with a diy project is that sometimes it looks like I did it—some guys have a PhD in hammerology, but I’m just a hack.
Some people are so self-sufficient, they try to approach their spiritual life with a diy mentality, and they look like:
- Adam and Eve thought they were smarter than God.
- Samson was blinded by his strength.
- Peter was tripped by pride.
- David’s morals were sucked down the drain of a bathtub.
Each of these men faltered and failed because their focus had become more diy and less CWS. This principle is found in both Philippians 4:13 and Isaiah 40:29:
- I can do all things through Christ Who Strengthens me—Phil. 4:13
- He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength—Is. 40:29
Are you managing your life with a diy mindset or with a CWS perspective?
Being on time and staying on schedule could be a difficult task for me, but it isn’t. Google Calendar is an application I use every day to help me manage my life.
Each morning when I start my day, I have an email from Google waiting on me. When I open it, I find my schedule for that day. I don’t have to wander through the day wondering what I am supposed to do. Thanks to Google, I already know.
The person who waits for the right time to do something fails to realize that time is a precious commodity that quickly rots when wasted and spoils the opportunity of the moment. It doesn’t make any difference if you think you are living in the best of times or the worst of times, this is the only time you have—it is the time of your life.
You have 60 minutes in every hour; 1,440 of them every day; 10,080 of them every week; and a whole bunch of them in a year. If you will manage the minutes of your life, the hours will take care of themselves.
The time of your life is so important, the psalmist said: “Teach us to number each of our days, so that we may grow in wisdom (90:12).” The idea is not that you assign a number to each day of your life. The concept is that you get the most out of each day, so you are living it for the glory of God.
Carl Sandburg captured the essence of this discussion when he said: “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
It is the time of your life, so spend it wisely.
One second of your life will pass into history in the time it takes you to say: “One thousand one.” Interesting and amazing things can happen in a brief moment of one second: A beekeeper will tell you that a bee flaps his wings 230 times every second that he is hovering over a flower. This is much faster than the hummingbird that flaps its wings about 70 times a second and a little faster than the tongue-flapping town gossip.
Take another second or two to read these one second statistics. Every second:
- 8,613 tweets are posted on Twitter
- 1,771 photos are uploaded to Instagram
- 1,669 “phone” calls are made on Skype
- 46,610 searches are made on Google
- 96,225 videos are watched on YouTube
- 2,372,740 emails are sent
Time is a frequent topic of discussion in the Bible:
- Psalm 144:4: “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
- Psalm 90:10: “The days of our lives are seventy years; and, if by reason of strength they are eighty years; yet, their boast is only labor and sorrow.”
These verses speak of the brevity of life, and the Bible as a whole challenges you to live a full life that honors God. Perhaps it’s time to take a second to do a firsthand review of your life, and compare your perspective to Paul’s:
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] ~Philippians 3:10 ~Amplified Version
How many seconds of your life do you devote to “progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with” Jesus?