I am going for my second cup of coffee this morning and as I do I recognize that I am in a contemplative mood. It is early and as I stepped out into the pre-dawn frigid air I was reminded of the concept of time. Time waits for no one. I have been captivated of late by the concept of time and what we have been placed on this earth to fulfill with our lives. I think even Jesus was fascinated by time. He should be, he came up with the concept. Imagine being the Eternal God now walking among your creation within the confines of time and space. Yet while you would think that Jesus has all the time in the world, He instead has the greatest sense of urgency. His eternal perspective drives Him to seize the power of every moment.
God understands better than anyone that history has an expiration date. Everything that has a date of birth has a time of death. That doesn’t mean that everything ends. You and I are designed for eternal life. While your life on this earth was always meant to be temporary, you were created with the intent to live forever. Eternity is endless, but time is measured by a “beginning” and an “end.” Yet as real as eternity is, so is time. We are created in time, and our most important work is time- critical. There are things that must be done today, things that you and you alone were created to accomplish.
This concept of time leads me to the concept of moments and the importance of recognizing them for what they are. This past week we celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday and while celebrating with my family, I was instantly taken back to key moments in their lives. Moments that will forever be etched on the walls of my memory, and I was reminded that time waits for no man and we need to take advantage of the time we have in our relationships with our families and friends. I never want to take for granted the time that has been given to me, especially when it comes to my family and friendships.
God also gave us the gift of time to accomplish what we were put on this earth to accomplish. YOU were created to make a difference! Although circumstances and situations may make you feel as if you have nothing at all to offer, the truth is – YOU DO! You were not positioned on this earth to sit still and allow life to sap the breath out of you. Take advantage of the time that you have and rise up like King David of old and serve your generation.
Recently, while speaking to a group of college students, I stated: “I would rather SERVE than SIT!” I want my life to count. I want to take advantage of what I have been given and I want to serve my generation the best way that I can. Let that be your motto as you view the time you have on this earth and go out and make a difference in the life of others with the gifts and talents you have been blessed to possess. This world needs you like never before and God has equipped you to make that difference that is so desperately needed.