Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"How much time do you have?"

This question struck a cord - it was the question-response to a 79-year old who said she "needed more time" to make a decision/take action in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie.
The reason it struck a cord is that a lot of us - including me - hold off on deciding or even doing things on the basis of needing "more" time. If there's one thing all people, rich or poor, have in common, it's 24 hours - among other "level playing fields" God has provided for us all. So when we talk about "needing" more time, what we should be thinking about is how much time we do (or don't, in some cases) have. A recent conversation I had before I watched this film brought this to light. We were talking, out of concern, about some of our contemporaries who are yet to be married. As we chatted, it was more a heart-cry for mercy on those people. When you look at your life, I'm sure you can point to near-misses, or outright misses, when you wanted to take more time to decide and/or do something. The Bible has a thing or more to say about time - and it's usage:
Colossians 4:5b says "Use your time in the best way you can." (ERV)
Ephesians 5:16 says: Take advantage of every opportunity [or Make the most of your time;…redeeming the time/season], because these are evil times [the days are evil]. (Expanded Bible)

The fact and truth about time is that the only time we all have is NOW...

Proverbs 27: 1 Never brag about what you will do in the future;
you have no idea what tomorrow will bring. (ERV)

James 4: 13-15 - 13 Some of you say [Come now, you who say], “Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money.” 14 But you do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a mist [vapor; puff of smoke]. You can see it [It appears] for a short time, but then it goes away [vanishes; Prov. 27:1]. 15So [or Instead] you should say, “If the Lord wants [wills; wishes], we will live and do this or that [Matt. 6:10].”  (EXB)

...only God knows what tomorrow will bring, so use today to the best of your ability - and do the same tomorrow if & when God blesses you with it.

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