Ready or Not...

I came in here to type up a post saying, I’m super busy and I will be back tomorrow to my JOY post, but as I sat down to type this post, my head is screaming at me to get up and get going, I have a million things to do so we can leave for vacation Thursday.  At the same time, my heart is screaming, “wait a minute”!!  We are doing all this focused preparing, planning, and packing to leave home for a couple of weeks, but do we focus that hard on the most important trip?
Are we constantly preparing and planning for our trip to Heaven to live with our Father who created us and loves us unconditionally?  Are we always focused on and doing the things necessary to get there? 
We make all our reservations and tell everyone who needs to know we will be gone, but are we that deliberate in telling people about THE TRIP we all will be taking?  We make sure the house is clean before we go, but are we constantly making sure our hearts are staying clean, preparing for our trip?  
I don’t know about you guys, but I know there are times when I get super busy preparing and planning for this life here on earth that I sometimes put the most important trip on the back burner!!  I get so caught up in the here and now!!  What if Jesus returning was the here and now, would I have told everyone I wanted to tell everything I wanted to tell them, would I have cleaned every crack and crevice of my heart, would I have blessed and/or served all the people I was supposed to, would I have sacrificed for others as much as I should have?  Would I look back on my life and know with certainty that I had done everything in my power to be prepared for this trip or would there be regrets that could have easily been dealt with?
As busy as I am, I really love it when the Lord slows me down and makes me see what’s really important.  If I forget something, there will be stores in California, if I forget to tell someone something, I can always pick up my handy iphone and call them after we are gone, if I don’t take enough money, I can always get on my computer and transfer money to my checking account and use my sweet little debit card for whatever I need!!!  But when we leave on our last trip, if any of that is forgotten or left undone, there won’t be any fixing it!!  
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.  

"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'  Mark 13:32-37
Thank you Jesus for giving us all the opportunities to enJOY our lives and for always lining me back up and for always showing me what REALLY matters in the midst of all MY fun!! 

Don’t forget, tomorrow is Why I Count it all Joy Wednesday, YAY!!  I would love it if you would come help me spread the JOY!!  Make your joy list, grab the Joy button for your post, and come back tomorrow and link up so everyone will be able to find you!!
Counting it all Joy!!


Sandy said...

What a needed word this is.
We have to be ready at all
times, not knowing when He
will return. I heard this
quote a long time ago:
Never be doing anything you
wouldn't want God to find
you doing when He returns.
I think we get too busy
with everything except being
ready for Him to come back.

Loren said...

What a Word today!! I know I need to slow down and be lined up too! Ready for HIM and being about HIS business.... not mine!

Love you

Steph T. said...

Great post! I am so guilty of this!! I focus on now and not the most important trip we will take. I love this post!!! I will be praying for you as your prepare for both trips!

Jules said...

Very well said.

He & Me + 3 said...

What an awesome post. I have been so busy lately with earthly very easy to let it get you caught up. Thanks for the reminder.

Mich said...

This was a good one, friend.

this busy beaver appreciated it.