From Pastor Davies – 1/17
As I grow older, I sometimes wish I could save time in a bottle, freeze it, or at least slow it down just a little. If only life was like a football game so you could call “Time out!” and the clock would stop. But time waits for no one, does it?
Years ago when I was a young man I would occasionally hear older adults talk about how time flies. I really didn’t understand the truth of that until after I became a parent and years later after I became a grandparent. Time is truly an “ever-rolling stream.”
I will never forget something that happened to me years ago while walking down the sidewalk in a strange city. I came to a city cemetery and there was something unusual about it. A tall stone column was in the middle with a clock face on each side, so that wherever you stood in that cemetery, you could see the time.
Upon seeing that, I thought to myself: Why in the world would anyone put clocks there? The people buried in that place certainly did not need one. As I stood there thinking, the cemetery clock began to chime and the time of day went echoing throughout the cemetery and out into the city. Suddenly I realized that the clock was not just telling the time of day but something much more profound:
Time is the stuff life is made of – your life, all lives, the lives of all those who once lived but who lie here now. Time is God’s precious gift to you. So, do not waste it. And learn to use it wisely.
No one on a deathbed ever said, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” Instead they say, “I wish I had spent more time with God, with my family, with those relationships that now I realize are the most important things of all.”
A woman who had just celebrated her 100th birthday was being interviewed for a television show. At one point, her young interviewer asked, “What was life like in your day?” With a polite but cool smile, the elderly lady replied, “THIS is my day!”
This is your day! This is your time! So, use it well. Use it in getting closer to God each day. Use in those activities that will enrich your life, your mind, and your soul. And use it to enrich the lives of all those you touch.
Have a blessed week. And see you in worship this Sunday.