Every Second Counts – David Ledbetter

March 23, 2017

If you had to ask yourself one question over and over again, what would it be? There are an infinite amount of answers to this, but here’s one that I constantly think of:


What’s the purpose here?


Not too deep, that’s for sure. But the question applies to everything, not just an overall helicopter-perspective kind of question. This can apply to the way I eat, what I’m thinking about, what I’m doing in the weight room, what I’m saying to my friends, and so on. It’s always on my mind . . . somewhere up there.


But the one thing I consistently find is that this question is even more relevant in my spiritual life. Am I filling my mind and my heart with the righteous things of God? Am I putting my work in now so that I can build principles that will keep my foundation in the Lord strong when the winds of life come howling and the ground goes out beneath me? It’s about doing the things I want to do in order to live a life I want to live.  


But if that involves more of me and less of God, then I’m doing it wrong. I am most fulfilled and most content when I am in hot pursuit of a purpose beyond my own fleshly desires.


Said in another way, the more I stay in pursuit of my greatest purpose, the more justified my existence feels. I am no longer roaming in limbo; instead, I’m running towards my destiny.  


That single question above doesn’t magically make everything perfect, but it does align my focus with correct action, and as a human, there’s not much more I can ask for!


We have more than 60,000 thoughts every single day. From those thoughts, we generate decisions. The number of decisions we make in a day ranges anywhere between 20 and 35 thousand. Wow!  


Imagine the kind of confidence you can have in Christ when you align those decisions with the idea of fulfilling your purpose here as a Christian. This thought has been running through my mind over the past few weeks as I continue chasing dreams on the ball field.  


I want to know that the things I am chasing in my life are done with the right purpose. Your purpose will be different, involving different circumstances, new players, and a whole different ballgame (literally and figuratively), but our purpose of pursuing Christ remains the same.  


Every second counts; let’s do our best not to waste them!


One rapper I really like puts it this way:


“I don’t concur with ideas opposite of my purpose” –Derek Minor (You Know It)


—David Ledbetter


David Ledbetter is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions.


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