275. The Clock is Ticking

“It’s pretty common,” Stan began one morning, “for a person to sense that time goes faster the older he or she gets.”

“I can relate to that,” I said.  “It seems that the days, weeks, months, and years whiz by faster and faster. I look back and wonder where the time went, as well as what I used it for.”

“The apostle Paul addressed that in a way that helps keep me focused on what is important.”

Continuing, he said, “In his letter to the church in Ephesus Paul encouraged the readers to make the most of their time.”

“That can mean a lot of different things,” I said, “regarding how I use the time I have.”

“Very true, my friend,” Stan replied, “but for me those words are clear encouragement to make the most of my time in helping others come to the truth of the need for conversion and in being transformed following their conversion.”

“Obviously,” he continued, “I only have as much time as God has allotted to me for this side of eternity.  When that time is complete and when it will be time for me to get on the train is not up to me, but how I use the time I have while I wait for the train is certainly my choice.”

“Paul encouraged his readers to be wise in their walk and in the use of their time.  I take that encouragement seriously.  The clock is ticking and I want the Holy Spirit to do all He can in and through me before it stops.”

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Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  Ephesians 5:15, 16.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for the time you have given me on this side of eternity.  I greatly look forward to the day I step into eternity to be with you.  I also look forward to each day you have for me on this side of eternity.  I need and ask for all of the help you can provide so that I will make wise use of the time you have for me.  May I not waste any of that time, but use it only for your purposes in helping others to want to know you, and to know you more deeply.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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