Reflections by the Sea: Keeping Track

Published 1:49 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. – Hebrews 6:10 

We track the shipping of our packages, the steps we walk per day and our email inboxes. We track the dollars we spend in order to stay within our budget and so much more. Lists and forms plus handy apps have transformed our world into easy accountability, if we choose it. Kitchen timers keep us from burning dinner and we can even track the number of minutes we spend talking on the phone. At any given time, we can reflect and review on how our time and money is spent. All these things can be helpful but also very illuminating about where our time goes.

it is said that it is more important to build treasures up in Heaven than it is to build treasures on this earth. Have we given God His due? Are we making time and giving of ourselves and riches to help grow His Kingdom? Are we using our time and resources to bring the Light of God’s Salvation to others, so they can have a life of eternity too? How do we do that you may ask? This is what I’ve been taught. Start by prayerfully asking God to bring one person to mind. Someone that doesn’t know God. Or perhaps they felt betrayed by God when their prayer wasn’t answered their way and they have fallen. Surprisingly, it could be someone in our own family. Pray for them daily, without ceasing. Ask God to open their hearts and minds to desire to know God personally. Invite them to church or to a Bible study, even though they may decline the invitation at first. Remembering all along that we are representing God with our actions, words and demeanor. As we pray and build our relationship stronger with this person, they may begin to show trust, and when we speak, they often listen. From experience, it might take many tries and a lot of prayer, but God will help behind the scenes. That we can count on. He is tracking our efforts and watching us expand His Kingdom. That is where the real treasure lies.

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Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at betsyglass1@gmail.com or read additional Reflections at www.betsyoreglass.com.

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