20 Seconds

BY: GREGG W. CLARKE

EMAIL: oyeagwc@comcast.net

BIBLE TEXT:  Ephesians 5: 20 — “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION:
I am a storyteller, not a joke teller. I know that some of my stories can be lengthy and to be honest, long winded, but that is just how I am. Being asked to write for Day in the Life a second time I guess means I did something right, or for the most part I didn’t say anything wrong.

As many of you know I am not the most fit guy in the world. There is no mistaking the obvious, HOWEVER, as of late, I have taken a new approach to my fitness regimen. I take an exercise class, (go ahead and laugh, its OK) at least 2 days a week. I am comfortable with it, and it actually works in keeping my fitness where it needs to be. Oh know this, I am not a runner like Pastor Andrew or Pastor John nor is that my intent. My intent is have a “healthier” lifestyle then what I have had in the past.

At the end of every class I take, we have a final cool down and a timed 20-second stretch. When I first started the class I hated the ending. It was boring. No action. I felt like I was getting nothing out of it. I would finish the final 20 seconds thinking it was the longest 20 seconds of the class. But one afternoon during the summer drought we were finally getting some much needed rain, and during that final 20 seconds I just thanked God for the rain. Well, thanking Him for the rain took about 3 seconds of my 20, so I thanked Him for the class I was in and then the instructor who HAS to have plenty of patience for the robust (yes robust) guy that I am.

By the time I got done thanking Him my 20 seconds was over. It wasn’t much, but what a weird place to thank Him. Ever since that day though, during my last 20 seconds of that class, I thank Him. I thank Him for things that I take for granted, that my car starts in the morning, or for the people I work with, and the freedom to vote.

Yes, I pray, but do I pray as much as I should? Do I thank Him as much as I should? I was recently asked by a co-worker if I prayed every day. I had never been asked that question before, especially by a co-worker. I was scared to answer. My answer was, “I don’t pray enough, ” and I then asked myself how could I fix that? Give him more than 20 seconds at a time? Nah, I don’t time my prayers, but knowing that He gets all the glory it makes no difference of the time as long as it is time spent with Him.

I try to thank Him regularly. It may be in my 20 seconds of devotional during exercise class, driving down the road, or during my prayer time, I try to thank him. I will be honest, I am most thankful lately that my daughter Taylor was baptized. What a joyous day! To know that my wife Tracy and my daughter were both baptized at Life Assembly makes me forever THANKFUL for the staff and ministries it produces.

Again, I know I am long winded, but I hope that you will thank Him today. Thank Him for the little things, the people in your life that help you through the day, the person that puts a smile on your face, the police and firemen that serve and protect. Whatever it may be in your life, give thanks.

PERSONAL APPLICATION:   “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, HIS love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:1

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Thank YOU for letting me serve You. Thank you for my health and the air that I breathe. Thank you for the ability to come to You and ask for patience and forgiveness. Thank you, Lord, for my family and friends. Thank you for the staff at Life Assembly. Thank you for the 20 seconds it took for people to read this prayer and to know that YOU get all the glory. Thank you, God.  In Your name~Amen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


I am married to Tracy Clarke, and we have a daughter named Taylor. We have been married 15 years and have been attending Life for a little over 4 years and serve on Life’s Face Team. I am a U.S. Navy veteran and I currently work at Legends Title Services in Mt. Juliet, and work part time on the weekends at Shipwreck Cove at Elm Hill Marina.

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