Last Saturday a Challenge was given…

How much time do you have left?

challenge, hiding, seeking, woken up, wake, actionIf you remembered and took the challenge, excellent!  What did you find out about yourself?  If you want to take it, the link is above.

I have realized that life is so fast and full of distractions we forget, don’t care, or even just say, “Why?” about the challenges. Then the challenge is in our face.  The question I ask myself all the time is why do I have to wait until someone or thing wakes me up?  Why can I not just focus on what I should do and not be distracted by all the noise.  Do I want to live life to the fullest or do I want to cop out and say that we are sinful and I will seek God’s grace and hope he will find mercy on me?

This week I was reading about Jesus on the cross.  Please take the time and read this:

As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.  A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.  Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.  For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’  Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”  and to the hills, “Cover us!”’  For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”  Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.  When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”  The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”  There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”  But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23:26-43 (NIV)

If people do bad things when it is all good, what will happen when everything is dried up?

A man next to Jesus came to the realization that in a couple of hours he is going to die.  All he said was: “remember me” with a repentant heart.

Are you procrastinating? Do you know what you should do?  Are you hiding behind not having a clue?  What would wake you up?  Do you want to be woken up?  DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE?

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