Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Redeeming the Time - December 30, 2014

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.

One of the things we never have enough of is TIME. It is a commodity that is often wasted and seldom spent efficiently. For me it seems that it has gone by much to quickly. Where has all the TIME gone? Only yesterday I was in school and college, then married and having a family, and now my youngest is thinking about graduating from high school and going to college. The oldest is headed far away with her family, and soon my dear wife and I must think what it will be like to keep each other company.

I don't believe God really intended for us to have too much TIME, because what is important to Him is how we spend it for His kingdom and not for ourselves. Yes, He does give us a glimpse of eternity in things such as when we are in love and loved, and when we spend time in praise and worship. Those are good uses of the TIME that He gives us, and they make TIME on this planet worthwhile. What is important is is for us to take every minute of TIME He gives us, and make sure it is worthwhile.

Tomorrow ends another year, 2012, and I am sure for many it has been a difficult year, but for others it has been best of years. As we approach the new year, it is time to reflect on both the bad and good. We need to be especially thankful for the good, and as we look forward to next year, we need to be careful to heed God's warning about how to spend our new year of TIME:

15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)


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