Thanks to all my readers out there who invest their time each week reading my articles. Actually, I have written a book containing one hundred of my articles called The Five Minute Miracle. The outcome that I’m looking for is saying a lot in a little (in five minutes of reading) that will hopefully be an inspirational ‘cup of coffee’ (or whatever) for you each week.
Actually, I’m hoping for more than inspiration. I’m hoping God will use me to write something that will change your life for the better…perhaps even be a miracle or an ‘aha’ that uplifts your life. That’s why we called it, The Five Minute Miracle.
Our subject today is on time. Let’s start out with something fun. It’s called everything you need to know about life in three minutes. I’ll add another two minutes at the end.
God created the dog and He said, “Sit by the door of the house and bark at everyone who comes by and I will give you twenty years.” God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people and do tricks. I’ll give you a twenty year life span.” Then God created the cow. “Go out into the field, eat grass, work in the sun, have calves and support the farmer. I’ll give you a sixty year life span.” God then created man and said, “Eat, sleep, play, enjoy life. I’ll give you twenty years.”
But somehow all these things in reverse order ended up in man. That’s why the first twenty years of our lives we eat, we sleep, and we play. The next forty years we work in the sun to support our family. The next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain our grandchildren. The last ten years with sit on the front porch and bark at everyone who goes by. Now you have life explained to you!
Here is something a bit more serious on investing time that some would think is a bit over the top but it makes a very real point. It’s written by an unknown author.
“To realize the value of FOUR YEARS, ask a graduate. To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade. To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics. Treasure every moment that you have! Realize the value of your family. Realize the value of real friends.
Alice Morse Earle says, “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”
Since we can’t hold time in a bottle, let’s get some wisdom on time. First of all, picture this. Let’s say you had a rope that was a thousand feet long. That rope represents eternity. God says our life is about one inch of that rope. So your life now is a very small part of a much larger part. What we do now is important. It determines where we spend eternity. It’s the only time this side of heaven that we can make our contribution in God’s tapestry.
The Psalmist describes our days here on earth this way. “As for the days of our lives (Is this where they got the title of that daytime television show?), they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years…..So teach us to number our days, that we may present to Thee (God) a heart of wisdom.” Psalms 90: 10, 12.
Our time on earth is important. Use it but use it wisely.
Church-Community Connection is published weekly in 10 newspapers all over the world. Most of these newspapers are local paid subscription newspapers. The goal of these 450 word articles is to build a bridge to the community through humor, wisdom and changing mental perceptions that the community has of the church.