Tick Tock Goes The Clock
“Live purposefully and worthily, and accurately...making the very most of the time (buying up each opportunity)...”
~ Ephesians 5:15-16
When you ask to speak with someone and that person replies to you, “I just have a minute before . . . ,” what is your reaction?
When people are filled with busyness and they allow the urgent ever-increasing demands in their life to remove a lost opportunity in that particular conversation, how sad is that? Psalm 144 and 89 state: “we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow,” and “remember how short my time is and what mere fleeting life mine is.” Tick tock goes the clock.
How many times have you been awake in the night for long periods of time? Did you use that time wisely? Instead of rethinking the challenges of the yesterdays or the tomorrows, did Paul's advice in Philippians pop into your mind? Paul told us to “do not fret or have any anxiety about anything,” and to pray and “petition with thanksgiving”. Why not pray for the challenges, and also pray for other people you know. God's Word tells us that when we pray, “God's peace” shall be yours.
Do you spend all of your time doing your own works, or do you spend some of your time performing God's work? I read about a lady who was home bound that performed God's work. She began a telephone ministry to call others who were also home bound. She may have been the only caring person in their life on that particular day.
An example of spending some of your time doing God's work is John Ellison Vassar, who in the 1800's spent much of his time and money to perform missionary work by making house-to-house visitations. Henry G. Bosch wrote that one woman who heard that he was soon to be in her neighborhood distributing tracts and doing personal work, resolved that she would treat him badly if he asked her to accept Christ. When John came to her home, and as soon as she recognized him she slammed the door in his face. But later, because of John Vassar spending his time evangelizing to others, the woman's heart eventually was softened towards God, and she found peace of soul at the Cross.
As God's people, when a person wants to speak with you for a moment, take the time to stop and talk with them; when you are sleepless during the nighttime, consider praying for the challenges and also for others; during the day find time to telephone a home bound person; or be sure you seize the opportunities presented to you in order to spread the Gospel; Paul tells us “whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to the God the Father.”
Tick tock goes the clock!
Lord God, thank You for reminding us that our days are numbered. Help us to remember it is not the amount of time we have, but the way we spend it. Amen.
~ Ann Brock