One gospel song (a Gaither number, I believe) has as a part of its lyrics a descriptive phrase of life apart from Jesus. It's spoken of as "a life of aimless desperation." There is something disturbing about looking on a body of water and seeing a boat floating aimlessly along. As has been taught many times to salesmen: "He who aims at nothing will hit it with deadly accuracy!" Some drift through life, because of laziness. Others have no purpose in life but fun and play. The bottom line, no matter how we slice it, is that drifting is wasting a life that God wanted to bless and use. It leaves the person who is characterized a "drifter" empty and unfulfilled. Even worse, however, is facing God with a life that has been squandered. How do you, should God leave you here, plan to live in 2010? Are you just going to let it happen? Why not start planning ways that you can redeem the time in this soon coming new year? Should He tarry, there is "ground" to take, victories to win, lives to influence, hope to impart, comfort to give, love to share, salvation to offer, and God to honor. Selah! The words of a favorite hymn express well what attitude should define a disciple: "I want to scale the utmost height and catch a gleam of glory bright; but still I'll pray 'till Heav'n I've found, "Lord, lead me on to   higher ground." (Johnson Oatman, Jr.).      Ron

 "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).

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