Rise Up

It is judgment day, and it is your turn. Your Creator will ask you how you spent your time on earth. How will you respond?

Some will say they took this precious gift of life and lived it to the best of their abilities. They didn’t squander their time on frivolous pursuits. They lived a virtuous life, full of wisdom, discipline, righteousness, and courage. They were not without faith, hope, and love. They lived as their God intended.

There are some that unlike the good stewards, who took their gifts and multiplied them exponentially, buried their gifts in the ground and never did anything with them. They killed their time, because they were bored. They wasted it thinking it was their time and they could pass it anyway they please. They may have not done any harm to others, but they weren’t really doing any good either.

And then there are the ones in between. They weren’t totally worthless, but they could have done so much better. Most of us probably fit in this category. Undoubtedly, this is where I am. I want to be the good steward, but alas, I have a long way to go. Gains don’t come easy. I have to fight to be a little more virtuous each day. There are times when I squander the hours away, and my regrets only come too late as the time has already gone by. The only thing I can do is try to be a little better tomorrow, to make up some ground. For the ones like me, the ones in between, its about baby steps. It is about progress toward the top, while trying to keep from sliding all the way to the bottom. One step at a time. One day at a time.

Look around and identify what will move the needle forward. Your phone. Is it a tool to boost your productivity and quality of life? Or is it a convenient means to pass the time and get the day over with? The world has created all kinds of gadgets to keep you from achieving your goals. It has become, as it has always been, the devil’s playground to the idle souls. You have to raise yourself up beyond the distractions and live in a way your Creator intended.

Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives, and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time. -Voltaire


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Tony Fine

Avid reader and working on becoming more than an occasional writer. Former mortarman attached to the 3rd Squadron 7th U.S. Cavalry (ARMY). Chasing wisdom through body, mind, and soul.

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