I know it is probably not the right time to examine this title. It causes oneself to momentarily feel bad because we all know that “tomorrow” is not given us to control. Is that a bad thing? Is it a life altering question? My thinking is that it is speedily becoming a serious situation for many, especially for me as I am approaching the point of having to consider the things not done. Many of you might be inclined to shrug this off for another day or classifying it as just the wanderings of an elderly mind, but to be fair why don’t you give it a moment?
In the days of our youth most of us would have pondered what we might become and the road we would take to get there. We had some specifically noted goals for a life well spent which didn’t include anyone else’s opinion, even our Creator’s. And so, most of us have lived, often putting off until tomorrow and maybe even throwing some of our thinking in the trash. Should we have been more serious? While it is true that we are no longer children and should have gained some sense of responsibility beyond ourselves, what has caused us to entertain other possibilities? Is it simply a degree of maturity and common sense or is it possibly admitting to ourselves that we were created by One who had a definite plan for the life He was creating?
Moses, the first person to receive God’s intent for His earth, told us "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." If God were to ask us today “how have you fulfilled the life I gave you”, what could or would we say? I don’t know what you could say, but I have already gone to get my box of Kleenex.
Is my timing bad; if so I apologize, but I have never had the goal so close and I cannot deny the desire to make it over the goal line and hear the voice of my Creator say “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your lord (Matthew 25:21). Please, dear friends, don’t assume that I am giving up on life, I am living in the best part of my life ever (little Danny tells me it is so) and I still have much to do, but I also know that I cannot take for granted what time there is left. I don’t want to simply settle for a passing grade; rather I want to receive the best grade I have ever had.
Often in today’s world we hear the question – what floats your boat? It doesn’t take people very long to come up with a list of grand things always with a super ending. I assume you realize that not all of us can accomplish all the grand things placed before us; it may be lack of desire or it may be lack of finances or even time, but they make it easier to struggle through our hard days to consider the exciting things that could possibly occur. Also, over time our desires are affected by new developments and sad to say, our age and even increased knowledge of our world’s discoveries. There will never be enough time in our life span to experience all the wonders of this world God created, but before you give up remind yourself of all you will see and know from an eternal perspective. You might even want to consider where you will get to see the things currently unseen. I am not trying to be negative at this point, I am simply saying that as is in all of life there are requirements for the best seat in the house.
I know that time is often an enemy of our lives even as our hearts remain the Lord’s. We can always come up with one excuse or another, but I would like to suggest that you take a few extra minutes and tackle the 2nd book of Timothy which is only a couple of pages. Paul charges us to Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season…for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…and they will turn their ears away from the truth…but you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (4:2-5).