"Time Ticks On" - Sunday, June 24, 2018 - by Dianne Prince
James 4:14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
Life is short. Time is ticking away. Once gone, a minute can not be rolled back. Children grow up so quickly. Parents age over night. Friends fall ill in the twinkling of an eye. Footsteps get shorter. Eyes get dimmer. Hands lose their grip. Flesh wears down. Nevertheless, time ticks on.
The Bible tells us to fill our time with things that will make a difference in life. Things that really matter in life are relationships. Relationship with God, connection with family, and affiliation with other people are what matters in this life.
God created you to be in relationship with Him. He created you to connect to Him through belief in His Son Jesus Christ. The fancy name for it is salvation or being saved. Bottom line: the most important relationship you can have is with Jesus Christ. Once saved, you strengthen your connection with Him through consistent prayer, through diligent study, and through serving His people.
God created you to connect with family—your blood family, your extended family, and the family of believers. Your blood family connection goes beyond family reunions and special days. It spills into everyday actions—social media connections, text, email, phone, or just stopping by unannounced to “see how you are doing.” You can drop in on family member unannounced and will usually be received with gladness.
God created you to connect with your family of believers. At church, in the community, and everywhere you go. Believers should never be strangers to us, as we have a common family bond—and that bond is Jesus Christ. We are connected by virtue of His shed blood. Because of family relationships, you enjoy certain privileges on which you would otherwise miss out. And, you are given special treatment that would otherwise not be offered.
The death of a loved one, the breakup of a family, or a severe family crisis makes you realize how precious life is, how short life is, how vital it is to have support during your darkest hour, and how essential it is to spend your time on things that really matter.
In the same way that family rallies around you to ease the sting of death, Jesus rallies around you every minute of every day. Because of your relationship with Him, He rallies around you to ease the burden of everyday issues. Like that friend or neighbor who unexpectedly, yet automatically comes to your aid when you are in crisis or distress, Jesus scans your day to see what needs to be done. He looks to and fro for issues that need to be headed off and He seek out unanticipated needs that must to be cared for. Then, He goes about the business of making it happen.
Life is short. Time is rolling along. Time waits for no one. Once gone, time cannot be gathered up and reused. Thus, make the best use of every minute of each day. Live today as if it your last day on earth. Nurture relationships with those who really matter: God, family, and others because time ticks on. Make each day matter.
Aditional daily inspirations are available in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.