Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7
So many folks I talk to tell me they feel absolutely exhausted at the end of the day.
Even so, as they look back, they can't think of anything they've really accomplished to make them feel that way.
Having said that, a good friend of mine suggests we become tired for many different reasons -- not all of which can be measured. Although he hardly claims to be scientific, he came up with a list that is food for thought. He said, when you ...
· beat around the bush, you burn up 75 calories;
· jump to conclusions, that consumes 100 calories;
· climb the wall, you can count off 150 calories;
· swallow your pride, that's 150 calories,
but if you...
· beat your own drum, you expend 300 calories.
As I say, his calculations aren't very scientific. Still, in a silly sort of way, they do have a ring of truth.
Think for a moment, don't you know somebody who spends most of his time and energy doing those things which were just listed. As a matter of fact, if we're being honest, we have to admit that we, on the rarest of occasions, do the same.
That's not the way God wants us to be. He, who is completely filled with love, wishes His people to be the same way. He wants us to be responsible individuals who -- in the Name of the Savior who has redeemed us -- live their lives in service to others.
It's quite a challenge, but if we do as He wishes, this day will be well spent and our evening will be peaceful because we know we have served the Lord who gave His Son so we might be saved.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Father, help us to use our time wisely. In all we do and say, let us reflect the Savior to others. In His Name we ask it. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries