Use Your Time Well

The length of our days is seventy years, eighty, if we have the strength.



One of the most sobering thoughts is how brief this life is. It hasn't always seemed that way though. In fact when I was just a boy time seemed to go awfully slow. This was especially true when waiting for summer to rescue me from school, not to mention that seemingly endless stretch of time between Thanksgiving and the arrival of Santa.


But the older I get, the faster time seems to go. What, for example, has happened to our three babies? It was only a few weeks ago that my wife and I walked them to their first day of Kindergarten. Now, one is married with a sweet wife and son, one runs her own business, and our last "baby" is set to graduate from college in a mere 4 months.


And... somewhere along the line... I turned 54! How this happened, I'll never know, especially since my wife of thirty-two years is only 29.


This is when we can appreciate the beauty of God's wondrous plan: We were not created just to live for a few brief years on this planet before fizzling out like a bottle rocket on the 4th of July. Instead, we were created for an eternity of years! This means that the older and more worn out our physical bodies become, the closer we are to taking hold of the eternal youth that God has reserved for those who have been born again.


Just think of the enormity of God's promise to Christians: We are going to live forever! But think of the enormity of the warning to those who are not Christians or who are not faithful: They will be separated from God forever. God, who does not lie, has promised these two eternities. Since this is true, we better start using our time well. Are you... using your time well?


"I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."

Thomas asked Him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 14:2-6, NIV