Redeeming the Time

Blogember 85 minutes on the prompt: Time.

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“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16-17

I have been given this short time on earth, and it amazes me how selfishly I spend it. As a Christian, this life is not mine; it is the Lord’s. Daily I should die to self, and strive to glorify him and commit my energy into his work.

My Dad once explained an illustration that he gave when preaching a sermon years ago. He had a line drawn across a wall. To explain the significance and length of our life, he walked up to to line, took a marker, and lightly touched it on the wall, leaving a small dot.

“This is your life in comparison with eternity.”

The illustration couldn’t even properly illustrate eternity, however! It still showed a certain amount of time. Eternity is much, much longer than the line drawn on the wall. It’s never ending. So compare THAT with the little dot on the wall.

No, it wasn’t your average “feel good about your special self” sermon, but my Dad doesn’t specialize in those. 😉 When he told me about this sermon, it made me realize how highly we esteem ourselves and our time. As human mortals we look at our life and our future with such a short-sighted perspective. Our time here on earth feels like an eternity sometimes! lol We worry, stress, and allow ourselves to be anxious about it all causing us to become distracted from the big picture.

The time is SHORT! The short, little, blip on the map life that we have been given is a GIFT. We must use it wisely! With an eternal perspective, how can we worry? How can be be anxious? How can we live selfishly?

“..because the days are evil.”

There’s much work to be done in this world. You can’t wake up, or end the day, thinking, “Oh, what is there to do?” You should instead think, “So much to do, so little time!” lol (Ephesians 5:8)

Tomorrow may never come; how are you spending your day?

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