We’re solely right here of this earth for a really quick whereas. As a younger boy I felt as if time handed slowly, however through the years, time appears to go by a lot extra shortly.
Clearly, the dimension of time has not modified, however my notion actually has. Through the years I’ve additionally come to think about it extra treasured and do all I can to make use of the hours extra correctly than throughout my youthful extra impetuous years.
Often, I do look again on the 18 months spent as a younger Military officer throughout the Vietnam Struggle. I gladly sacrificed that point in defending the rights of the Vietnamese folks to, hopefully, expertise freedom from oppression.
That point is without end gone and I actually don’t really feel it was spent in useless, since I did develop immensely and realized a lot about life and simply how transient and treasured it may be.
In Psalm 103:15-16, an older and wiser King David displays, “As for man, his days are like grass, he prospers like a flower of the sphere; the wind blows over it and it’s gone, and its place remembers it no extra.”
These phrases could carry a sure disappointment to a few of you, however in actuality the brevity and preciousness of life can’t be denied. It does us no good eager for the times which have handed, however we are able to cherish and study from these events.
Nobody is aware of the variety of days we’ve left right here on this earth. If we deal with ourselves, get loads of relaxation, eat correctly and train usually, we could prolong our days, however in time we should all face the eventuality of demise.
These Fourth Quarter Methods discussions are designed to encourage readers to take advantage of no matter time we’ve remaining. The fourth quarter of life can shortly finish and catch us unprepared!
I’m amazed at how NFL quarterbacks can accomplish a lot in the previous couple of minutes of a sport. They’ve this knack to make the most of the clock to their benefit with only some seconds spent for every play as they meticulously transfer towards the purpose line.
We will’t cease the clock as these quarterbacks so deftly do, however we are able to enable our Father in Heaven to help us enormously as our time on this earth fades away.
Our Heavenly Quarterback can navigate our treasured time as He permits us to perform a lot for His Kingdom in these remaining days. Time will not be our enemy, however the Enemy will do his finest to discourage and frustrate all we do. Devil needs us to surrender and suppose that we’re already conquered and all is hopeless.
All of the wealth on this planet can’t assist us to dwell a protracted and fulfilling life. I’ve discovered true wealth lies in our private relationship with the Lord Jesus and with these He locations in our path. In James 1:11, Jesus’ half-brother shares, “For the solar rises with scorching warmth and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its magnificence is destroyed. In the identical approach, the wealthy man will fade away at the same time as he goes about his enterprise.”
No matter time we’ve left have to be spent in significant relationships. We should cherish every second we’ve remaining.
Every day is a brand new day and a brand new alternative to perform a lot for God’s glory. We have to confidently start every day realizing that our time is nearing the top and pursue God with all our coronary heart, thoughts, soul and energy. We have to hold our eyes on Jesus and seize each alternative to do our small half in exhibiting the love of Christ to those that don’t but know His immense love for all mankind.
Stay robust in your religion and name upon Jesus usually. We would effectively be dealing with the ultimate remaining minutes of life’s sport. This world could quickly be gasping its previous few breaths as Christ prepares for His imminent return!
Passages to Ponder
— Jim Langley has been writing for greater than 30 years whereas working as a life and medical health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent times, his ardour has turned to writing about his private relationship with God, and his purpose is to encourage others to attract close to to Him as effectively. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Enterprise Males’s Connection), he began writing Fourth Quarter Methods columns in 2014, and he now reaches a global viewers via the CBMC Worldwide devotional Monday Manna. He will be contacted at [email protected] for extra info. Click on right here for earlier columns. The opinions expressed are his personal.