Tick Tock On The Clock
As I am nearing my 30th birthday (which is a lot less scarier then I imagined it would be 5 years ago), in combination with hearing multiple tales of young lives lost due to various tragedies recently, and a few other things the Lord has REALLY been pressing upon me the importance of time.
Recently, I saw a church sign in Cedartown, GA that read, “The only thing you can’t get back is time”. Which is so very true, but not something we really think about as we are sitting in front of a computer or television watching meaningless programs or playing attention grabbing video games as the clock hand continues to move on around. Of course we do all need downtime, to recharge, regroup and rest, but we shouldn’t trade chilling for getting stuff done that has to be done … or that which has been given to us as extra work from God.
If it sounds as if I am getting a little bit personal I am, with myself. Years ago (if you have ever heard one of the interviews that have been done for the blog you know this) I began writing devotionals in response to lessons that God was teaching me. I figured that if I had to learn, others did too. I had the curl of a hardheaded, independent teenager/young adult at that time, but through the years I have learned that it is valid, as we are all to grow together as a family of believers. So if you feel any conviction, don’t look to me to – look to the one who is steadily working to transform us into more holy (like Yeshua) people all the time.
For me, I began getting convicted when I received an answer to a prayer. Though I had been given this blessing, it did require work on my part, but I was not putting forth the time in order to enact this gift to its potential. As I pondered this blessing, wondering how I was going to get it done in the time I had while sleepily closing my eyes this verse came upon my audio bible, Proverbs 20:13 “Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread”. I realized in that moment that for weeks, sleep had become my priority; this is why I felt like I had no time anymore to get things done. I was closing my eyes to the world almost to equal (if not more-so) to the amount in which they were open. Face palm!
So to finish were we started, we only have so many seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, etc. on this Earth until the Father calls us home. No one knows the exact time they will be here, but we must make the most of the time we have been given. We have all been born with a plan and purpose for our lives, and it is up to us to make sure we are available to carry out that, whenever our instruction(s) is given.
As I recently heard from someone, “There are days I long to go home to Heaven, as I dislike this world, but I think about all of the people who are lost, what if was able to go home earlier and because of me they didn’t get shared the gospel?”
May you all be blessed as you go through-out your days, ever living for and showing the love of our Savior, Yeshua – Jesus Christ.