March 12 - Live Life With an Eternal Purpose, Not a Temporary One

By George Flattery

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 11:7

Central Thought: Our present life is not all there is.

    Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is my priority in life? I can't think of anything worse than reaching the end of my life and thinking that I had spent my life on something that didn't have purpose, that didn't have meaning. God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. God desires that when we die, we have accomplished what he has destined us to do. The writer of Proverbs puts it this way: 'When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation of wealth perishes too.”

    What are you living for? There's a story about the dog races in Florida. Race dogs are trained to chase an electric rabbit. One night the rabbit broke down, and the dogs caught it. But they didn't know what to do with it. They were leaping around, yelping and biting one another, totally confused about what was happening. That's a great picture of what happens in our lives when we catch the 'rabbit.” The rabbit might be money, success, popularity or fame, but it always turns out less than what we thought it would be.

    We all need a rabbit that won't break down. That 'rabbit” is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Live for eternal things—don't live for temporary ones. I guarantee you will never be the same.

Devotional Prayer: God, help me to find fulfillment and contentment in You.

Today's Bible Reading: Numbers 16:41-18:32; Mark 16:1-20; Psalm 55:1-23; Proverbs 11:7