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Time keeps on ticking...
minutes upon the earth. But there are times in which I question whether it is enough time or what the purpose of time is.
A question I ask myself is, “Do I have enough time to read the whole Bible?” A daunting task for some like me that has a hard time reading. I think that time is on my side when I think about this task, until I put all the unimportant things in its way. I could continue to procrastinate, and procrastinate, or even say, “That is good enough for today.” If I want to be a righteous man, a wise man, and have honor as an elder someday, I need to make time work for me.
You see time is a neutral. It is not good or bad. It doesn’t have an opinion about your day or give you the excuse, “ I didn’t have the time.” Time is a constant. I know that there are 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day. How am I going to use the time I have here on earth is the question. What is worth the time spending on and what is not worth spending the time on?
People say that wisdom grows as we get older. I believe it, because the elder think differently. Not only time, but energy are at a premium. How am I going to spend the time and energy I have and is it worth it?
We earn the gray hairs of honor through our wise and unwise choices throughout time. Turning back time is a great sci-fi concept, but it might steal something from the value of the lesson learned, as long as we have learned it.
It is good for a man to focus his time and energy on the things of God rather than on the trivial matters of the day. So I am attempting, and I encourage you brothers and sister, to spend your time mainly on the things that count. And the things that do not count, help them to go back quickly or resist the temptation of misspent time.
I was thinking the other day how much of a slower pace of life I am liking these days, and how people younger than I am have such a fast pace. Make sure that your pace is determined by God’s clock. Time will always be there; it is the precious moments that you may miss by hurrying too fast. Take the time and reflect on the important things in your life and to God.
--Proverbs 20: 26-29--
"A wise king winnows the wicked, And drives the threshing wheel over them. The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the innermost parts of his being. Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness. The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair.
My Prayers are with you,
Hillside Wesleyan Church
The Ultimate Stain Fighter
and looks my way, "Sorry, Mom." "Yes, son", I say nodding with a sigh. I kindly request he gets the shirt off as soon as we get home. My hope is that if I deal with it right away, the stain will lift. If it gets lost in the laundry basket for another week it may set in. Ketchup, spaghetti sauce, chocolate they are all like that; stubborn.
As I stand over the utility sink, scrubbing the stain under the cold water with some dish soap I am hopeful; and for good reason. I know this stain doesn't have a chance, because the stain lifting power of this detergent cuts through. It's taking care of it, doing the work it was meant to do. I celebrate! Another shirt saved from the donation pile.
We have a stain lifter in our spiritual lives; his name is Jesus. Those stubborn stains that mark you have sat there too long. Let Jesus take some of his powerful deep-cleansing forgiveness to the rusty, crusty places of your soul. He can take care of it. He already has taken care of it. It's time to celebrate! The Savior, Jesus is The Boss of spiritual laundry. No sin too dark or deep. It's all made new in His cleansing power.