Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Don`t Waste Your Life

How much time do we really have? How many more sunrises or sunsets do we have left? Our life can be measured in numbers but I want to talk about something more than just that.

Today I woke up to the news that Apple`s  founder Steve Jobs, a man known all over the planet, passed away at 56 years old. I planned to write this post last night as I sat in a food court eating a donut and having a coffee. But I couldn`t imagine that it would come at such a time as this.

"Your time is limited, so don`t waste it living someone else`s life" - Steve Jobs

Now most of us dislike "waste", we hate it when we buy something and find it years later on a shelf unused, or when we order too much and have to throw away good food or give it to the dog.

But most of us don`t like the idea of pressure either. We don`t like living under a divine time table, stressing to squeeze the most out of our lives before we die.

I`m not necessarily suggesting that we "do more" unless you are spending your days on the couch in loathing or self comfort.  I`m suggesting that we get serious about what we are doing and we renew our minds in order to do that. Romans 12:2 Waste happens when we are not careful of what we ARE doing.

We waste time when we forget the "why" of the things we do: We forget why we fell in love with our spouse, why we took that job, why we made that choice to follow our passion. We forget to cherish the day, the hour, and the moment we find ourselves in.

A wasted life is a life on cruise control, when we have lost our focus or it has become blurred and before we know it a decade goes by!

If you are not facing challenges regularly you may be in danger of wasting your life. No challenge means no progress. Now I know there are seasons of rest and time needed to recharge your batteries, but we are fooling ourselves if we think God made us to watch TV and live in luxury while the fallen world is in real need of His anointed saints.

I do not want to condemn but prod! Examine yourself. Are you avoiding a calling or something in your daily life that God is speaking to you about? Maybe you are or aren`t. God has a way of showing us the truth of ourselves when we stop, drop, and pray. Don`t hesitate to come before Him and He will correct you and guide you.  Do not despise His chastening, because it will bring forth beautiful and wonderful things in your life and the world around you.

So I encourage you all,
Live for something! Live for someone! We were made for His workmanship to do so.
Ephesians 2:10

We are living in a day and age when comfort and pleasure are stealing the spotlight of life.


You have something to give, something to contribute, a voice to speak and hands to work, and a heart to love.

Give these gifts to the Master and like the young boy with the loaves and fish you will see what God will do with your offering the many who will be blessed because of your efforts. John 6:9

Let the Gospel of Christ motivate you and light you up today! Wherever you are...

I Corinthians 10:31
Whether you eat therefore or drink, or if you do anything, you shall do everything for the glory of God.


  1. Steve, this is an awesome post, We are not promised a tomorrow. We need to live today! We need to show compassion and love for our families, friends and neighbors today!
    Emma Kimberly

  2. It is so easy to get complacent. It is so easy to just take our blessing for granted. It is so easy to bury our talent. It is so easy not to fight the good fight of faith.

    Thanks Steve... I don't want to waste my life.

  3. Oh for goodness' sake, my weakness! What you posted is absolutely 100% one of the biggest problems I'm dealing with: preferring comfort to growth, complacency to Christian living. Thank you for the reminder... now to figure out where I want to go to school!