What Time is it?

by: Joe Talhelm

How many times a day do we ask, "What time is it?" Or, how many times does someone ask us what time it is? Time is more precious than just about anything. There never seems to be enough time to do everything. We rush here and there and then back again and at the end of each day we wonder where the time went. The next day is no different and the next and the next. By the end of the week, time has flown by and we are at the end of another week, and not much has been accomplished. So goes the month, the year, and our lifetime.

I have been to many funerals, mostly for people over the age of sixty or seventy, and very few for less than sixty years old. Just about every time I step up to the casket and look at the deceased individual, the thought usually hits me - seventy years (or whatever their age may be), that's really not too long compared to eternity. Time does pass too quickly, don't you think? Why, seventy years is just a breath compared to forever. The Bible teaches this exact thought when it states that our lives are "like a vapor" - here for a moment and gone for eternity.

So, with that thought in mind, wouldn't it be smart to make every minute count? Making the best of every moment that we have is really the smart way to utilize our time. Giving the boss the best we possibly can, in the few hours that we have at the work place, is really what we are being paid for. Giving our family the best of every minute that we share with them is what's best for all in the family. Giving others the very best of the few precious hours that we have will be remembered much longer than we will ever know. On the ball field, at the work place, in the home, at the church, at school, and everywhere, time is really at our disposal. We can waste time or make it productive. It really is our choice.

Time never stops. It keeps right on moving. It always has and it always will. Because we will live such a short period of time, it is very important for us to live each minute like it will be the last one - by living for Jesus Christ. We don't know how long our stay here will be. We don't know when time will run out for us here on the earth. We just know that we will live, then die, then spend eternity somewhere. Where? Well, that depends on how we use our time.

So, what time is it? It's time to start doing better for the Lord, for our family, for our friends, for the work place, and for the community. It's time to make the rest of our life, the best of our life!