Life is changing dramatically. People are moving faster, going farther, and accomplishing more than ever before. And yet as rapidly as life is changing, as quick as the pace has become, there is one thing that remains the same: time. Time is that one constant in which we all live. You can’t store it up, use it up, borrow it, or spend it. You can’t share it, steal it, alter it, or manipulate it. No matter what changes, time remains the same. And yet as much as we realize, still, we never seem to have enough time. How many times have you been so busy, so pressed for time, that it seems life itself is encompassing you, crushing you under its weight. There are two facts we need to take note of.
1) Life is short. Too often we waste our lives with ‘idle living.’ As Christians in this fast paced world, we’re making good time—but we don’t know where we’re going. “Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is, behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely every man stands as a mere breath,” Psalms 39: 4-6.
2) Life can be wasted. They say when you’ve done something long enough and you’ve had enough experience, you become an expert. Are you an expert on living. “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun,” Ecclesiastes 2: 10-11.
Nobody wants to live a meaningless life. Everybody wants to be of value. “Act like people of good sense and not like fools. These are evil times, so make every minute count. Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do,” Ephesians 5: 15-17.
Too many of us never realize what’s really important. We wander through life wasting this precious gift of God. Wasted time = wasted life. Read Matthew 6: 31-33.
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