Read this blurb this morning, and got to thinking…
Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions… No one can take it from you. It is not something that can be stolen. And no one receives either more or less than you receive. Moreover, you cannot draw on its future. Impossible to get into debt! You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you.
You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. 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 — the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends — depends on that.
If one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one’s whole life indefinitely. We shall never have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.
Arnold Bennett, Bits & Pieces, March 4, 1993, p. 18-20
Seems I am not alone in my meditations as I read the words written by king Solomon, the wisest man of his day:
A Time for Everything
3 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart,
My former pastor Billy Joe Daugherty used to say that each day we began with a train load of God’s blessings, 24 little box cars each day named hours, and how we spent those 24 hours affected how our life will go, both here, and eternally.
The obvious question each of us must ask God and ourselves, is ‘What do we do, that make eternal impact?’ and conversely, ‘What do we do, that is wood, hay and stubble, that has no eternal worth?’
The wisdom of the ages is this: Discover what God is doing in our generation, and do only that.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.
Today I am burdened with eternity, questioning how best to grow, obey, and move into 2018 bearing the most and best fruit for the kingdom of God I am able.
“More time is wasted not in hours but in minutes. A bucket with a small hole in the bottom gets just as empty as a bucket that is deliberately kicked over.”
Somehow, since the Israel trip, my vision and passion have been dulled, and it is time to come back into the presence of Heaven, and His life, to be renewed, strengthened, and reenergized.
There is much to learn, grow in, DO for the kingdom!
I would always find myself in step with Holy Spirit, moving in prophetic visionary directives in obedience fully to the Lord, so that I can be a voice for Him, never merely an echo.
I will have the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, without compromise!
Jesus teaches us to live ready for His return, whenever the day or hour:
This gospel must go to the ends of the earth, for the end to come: https://chrisaomministries.com/2017/02/27/do-you-want-to-go-to-heaven/
‘Father, give me the grace to seek You. Open Your Word again to my understanding. Rekindle the fire of passion in my first love for You Lord Jesus! Amen!”