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Whatever time you are in, learn from it

Duane Williams • May 24, 2020 at 8:30 AM

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We all say I just don’t have enough time; we can’t get everything done we want to do. All of us have the same amount of time: 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week. That’s 1,440 minutes in a day; 86,400 seconds in a day — exactly the same for everyone. The problem for most of us is time management and doing the things that are most productive to get the most out of our day.

I remember a song from 1973 called “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce. The second verse starts, “If I could make days last forever, If words could make wishes come true, I’d save every day like a treasure. ...” At times, we all would like to make days last forever, but that is not possible. And a lot of times we wish a day would hurry up and end, and get it over. We’ve all said, “I wish I could go back and start over and do things different,” but that is just wishful thinking; there is no reset button.

The only time we have is right now — not yesterday and not tomorrow, not even the rest of the day, but now.

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us:

1. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Whatever time you are in, learn from it. You are there for a reason. Some is of your own choosing and some is forced upon you. “It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” That’s a quote from Epictetus, and I would take it a step forward and say “Have you learned anything from it?” Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That describes all of us at times, doesn’t it?

God has given this miracle called life and has placed it in our hands. We are not like robots programmed, who have no choice. The Bible teaches us, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) What you choose is up to you. My advice for you is to choose Christ and live. The thing I want to hear my Savior say is, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:23)

Will you choose the way that leads to life or the road that leads to death? That question is before you now. What will you do? “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Duane Williams is pastor of New Horizons Ministries in Kingsport.

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