Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (New International Version, ©2010)
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Here we are sitting on the end of the first decade of the 21st Century. If you are like me, the "time" has gone by very quickly. Alot of life has rushed by since the year 2000, and alot has changed.
Can you recall 2000 and what you were doing? Can you remember Y2K, $1.26 gas, 33 cents stamps, George W. Bush defeating Al Gore, the bombing of the U.S. Cole, U2, the movie "Gladiator", the First Draft of Human Genome, Tiger Woods becomes the youngest player to win a Grand Slam in Golf, the Concorde Air France Flight 4590 crashes just after takeoff, the Dot Com Bubble Bursts, and on and on, and this was just the year 2000!
Soon there would be 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, the Iraq War, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the Earthquake in Haiti. And a monumental shift has occurred in the economy, politics, society, and especially with religion. We no longer live in the same United States or World as we did at the precipice of the beginning of the decade.
I am sure in your families there has been births and deaths, and children growing up, and college, and marriages and the many things that go on in ten years. There has been work and vacations, new jobs and layoffs, and fortunes made and lost, new homes and foreclosures. We are older, and fatter, and grayer, either happier or sadder, single or divorced or still married, and maybe even a little wiser. We are either closer to God, or farther from Him than ever, a believer in Jesus Christ or not.
Tomorrow we will leave this first decade of this century and embark on the second decade. There will be 10 years, and 120 months, 3653 days, 87,672 hours, and about 5,260,320 minutes,...and if you are not careful, you may miss one of the 31,561,920 seconds. What will you do differently? Who will you include in your plans? As you get ready to celebrate or meditate on the New Year, make sure the One who made all of the "TIME" is part of whatever you do.