Do you ever catch yourself wondering where the time has gone?
One of my friends got my thinking recently… about time.
About how fast time goes.
About how you can’t get it back.
His wife had to go to hospital. In the end, she was fine, but it made him think.
What if she hadn’t been fine? What if her time was up? She’s in her early thirties.
It made think, too.
Why do I live like I will have now forever?
The biggest deal is where we will spend eternity (and it’s the question we all seriously need to face before it’s too late). Jesus Christ is my hope for eternity. He has forgiven me, accepted me and made me His own. Trusting in Him alone and following Him, I don’t need to fear the judgement that is coming on the world. I belong to Him (and you need to as well, before it’s too late. Come to Jesus. Receive His free forgiveness as the way back to God. Turn from wrong. Surrender your heart and your life to Him. Follow Him as your Lord. Find love… forgiveness you’d never dreamed existed… and eternal hope).
Yes, Jesus Christ has given me hope for eternity.
But, precisely because He has forgiven me, I don’t want to waste the life He has redeemed… because He is worthy of it all.
Right now, I have a body that works. Time that I can use. Freedom in my single life to choose how I will use big chunks of it.
I can take that for granted. Assume it will always be the same.
But it won’t. Our lives seasons to them… and they don’t last forever.
My Grandma is 98. By God’s grace, she’s still here. But there’s so little she can do by herself now.
In a few years, if God gives me that long (and He may not), that could be me.
It makes me think. How am I using the precious moments God has given me? The talents? The opportunities?
Am I buying them up?
Making the most of them?
Or letting them slip by; frittered away; wasted?
And I don’t think that means doing everything what I want to in this life. Our culture tells us we need to do everything we want to do now, because life is short.
It is… but I don’t need to live for this world.
I’ll have all the time in forever, when God makes all my true dreams come true.
Those who follow Jesus have hope that is eternal.
But we have only one life in this world to use to make an eternal impact.
To help others know Christ.
To bring Him glory in this world.
It makes me ask some searching questions.
How am I using the time I have today; the opportunities I have right now?
Sometimes we can wish our time away… wish the season was different.
Wish away what God has given me right now.
Seasons do change.
But the opportunities they provide change, too.
I won’t be here forever.
And nor will the people I could impact today.
The doors won’t always be open.
How am I using what God has given me now?
Sometimes, I say to myself, “Blink and I’ll be in tomorrow… or next week…”
Of course, it’s not entirely true. Blink and I’m not in tomorrow or next week… quite. But live a few more hours and, well, I am. Suddenly, it is tomorrow. It is next week. And today’s opportunities have gone.
Lord, help me be intentional with this life You’ve given me now… to make a difference for eternity!