12 SEP

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

REDEEM YOUR TIME (2)

Psalm 90:12

 
Some people know that life is short, and they make their time count. Gladys Aylward, for example. ‘Gladys who?’ People thought the same about a hundred years ago. Gladys was an ordinary working girl in London, doing nothing particularly glamorous apart from saving her wages. Eventually she saved enough to boat over to China, where she founded her own inn. She took in orphans and risked her life to intervene in prison riots. In 1938, Japanese forces invaded, and dear old Gladys led 94 orphans across mountains to safety, despite being wounded herself. In the last twenty years of her life, she founded an orphanage in Taiwan, dedicating her last days on this earth to helping the poor and needy. Her life story was so inspirational that Hollywood made a film about her starring Ingrid Bergman, the leading actress of the day.
 
Talk about making your life count! Gladys understood what the psalmist meant when he spoke about life being brief. But it wasn’t any big, grand, flashy life she embraced. It was quiet, unnoticed dedication and intentional care for others. Shane Claiborne said, “Get ready, God is preparing you for something really, really small...” And we need to realise that making our lives count doesn’t necessarily mean making ourselves a big deal. In fact, if we make our lives count Jesus’ way, it means the exact opposite.
 
What now?
 
Scour Lovefilm for ‘The Inn of the Sixth Happiness’ and watch the story of Gladys, done Hollywood style. Or alternatively, consider reading a biography of a hero of faith and learn some lessons about how they lived.

Psalm 90:12

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