My friend, may I ask you a question? Is how we treat the time God has gifted us the most important task you and I can assume every day of our lives? How valuable is twenty-four of time each day. Or, is this not a priority in our lives?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Time. Probably the most precious gift that we possess, yet it’s the one thing most taken for granted in life’s incessant drive to waste it, squander it, kill it, and lose it. It’s the one thing we are most jealous about owning, yet it’s so fleeting that the moment we grasp it is the moment it is lost. We beg for more of it like a second helping, the first helping having grown cold and useless because we did not consume it when it was hot and ready to sustain us. We treat is like a slow moving ox, slapping it with our petty wants and finally whipping it angrily with our fears because it moves too slow for our ambitions. Yet, we whine and complain when our destination is reached and we are not ready nor willing to accept where it has led us. We are often convicted to take time, but are seldom willing to return it.
Is how we treat the time God has gifted us the most important task you and I can assume every day of our lives? Or, is this not a priority in our lives?
Here’s a thought from Arnold Bennet: “Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; with- out it, nothing. You wake up in the morning and your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It’s yours. No one receives more or less than you receive. You can waste the passing moment. But you can’t waste tomorrow; it’s kept for you. You can’t waste the next hour; it’s kept for you. You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Its’ right use, its’ most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness depends on that. Time is yours to manage, all 24 hours of it. You will never have any more time. We have all the time there is.” (Arnold Bennett, Bits & Pieces, March 4, 1993, p. 18-20.)
“The unmanufactured tissue of the universe!” With this most precious of fibers we can just about make anything of our lives. We can build success and fortune with it. We can capture happiness and understanding with its strong cords. Time does more than fly; it walks, runs, climbs, crawls, and it even stands still every once, and a while. Time is real stuff! It’s not an abstract idea. It’s as real as the oatmeal in your bowl or the steak on your plate. God created time as it didn’t exist before creation. Time is a commodity that God measures, applies and uses. It is a daily gift of possibilities and potentials that should never be taken for granted. Now is the only time that you own. It is there but for a moment; be thankful for it and be sure you use it.
We pray. May the Lord make my New Year a happy one…Not by shielding me from sorrow and pain, but by strengthening me to bear it if it comes. Not by making my path easy, but by making me sturdy enough to tread any path. Not by taking hardship from me, but by taking all cowardice and fear from my heart as I meet hardships. Not by granting me unbroken sunshine, but by keeping my face bright even in the shadows.Not by making my life always pleasant, but by showing me where men and His cause need me most and by making me zealous to be there and to help …God, make my year a happy one.—Guideposts magazine (January 1973). For Jesus sake! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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