By Pastor Gary Jennings
Wow! I am getting ready to add another year to my life. Any day now I will have to begin to make the mental switch and write down a new number when I am asked for my age on paper. I have to ask myself what I have learned over the years that I have been alive. Surely I must have been schooled in something. Surely there must be a shelf in my life where I have been stacking up all the great truths I have learned.
I find myself on my riding lawnmower about 5 hours a week in the summer time. It’s there that I do a lot of deep thinking. As the grass shoots out the side (and the odd mouse), its right there on my moving chair that I ponder and go deep into my mind. Yes, I have learned a few things over the years. Here’s just one of the things I have learned. It’s the swift moving hands of the clock on the wall or on my wrist. Time waits for no one. Time keeps on slipping into the future. I hear phrases like, I don’t have the time, look at how the time has gone by, it’s time to say goodbye, I must be at an appointment. We adults are always talking about the time. We never seem to have enough of it. It’s like we are always trying to catch it. But it’s like cotton candy. As soon as you taste it, its is gone.
I don’t remember time moving this fast when I was a boy playing in the dirt with my little matchbox cars and trucks. I just wanted to hurry up and grow up; my, how that has changed. I do remember my father making a couple of regular statements about time. He would say, I just got up and out of bed and now it’s time to get down and back into bed. When he was living in his retirement years, he would say, I don’t know where I ever found the time to work.
OK, with learning comes application. At this stage of my life, God is asking me to be a good manager and steward of the time I have been graciously given. My time cannot be saved, but only spent well. Ephesians 5:15, 16 tell me to be careful how I live and to be wise. This is tied in with an encouragement for me to redeem my time. This means to cash the moments in now and make the best of those fleeting seconds.
I want to take more walks with my wife. I want to stop and enjoy a good sunset. I want to make use of every opportunity God gives me to tell others about the marvelous saving grace of Jesus Christ. I want to make a big difference in the lives of the wonderful church people that I pastor. I want to discover ways to do good to others. I want to spend my time well so one day I will hear the words, Well done, and well timed!
How about you? Your moments are moving by just as fast as mine. Think about it!