A post from several years ago about living with purpose.
36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. Luke 2:36-40
Anna is a very intriguing Biblical character. She was at least 84 years old, and possibly as old as 104. She had not stopped living though. She had not resigned herself to life in a nursing or retirement home. No, instead she spent her days at the temple worshipping and serving God. She was there constantly to be used by God for His glory. She was making the most of each minute of her life.
So many times in life we want to have our time to rest and relax. We feel as if we have earned it. We have spent our time working and making our mark in the world. Now we want our reward. Anna’s life shows something very different though. She is rewarded, but her reward comes in the midst of her serving faithfully, not in a time of rest.
She was rewarded with an opportunity to see the Christ child. She also had the privilege of telling all that she could about Jesus, and how He would save them. She came to this moment in time because she had not given up serving God in her old age. She sought out his glory more than she did her own rest.
Today I encourage you to leave His footprints by making the most of each minute of the day, and living for His glory.