Thursday, November 10, 2016

Time is fleeting | Life is fragile

There's nothing like spending time with someone you love and there's a sense of awe that strikes your heart when you glance back at the years and reflect on what time has done. Time is priceless and valuable, and once it is gone, you cannot get it back. Time can be measured in brief moments that change our lives forever, long seasons that seem endless or somewhere in between. Above all else, God is the author of time and he defies it in his omnipresent nature. Us on the other hand? We live our lives from moment to moment, always in forward motion with the gifts of memories offering us glimpses of the past.

Time is what makes life fragile.

In this life, there are things that occur within the time we are given and at any moment our lives can come to an end. As Louie Giglio said in his devotional, Passion: The Bright Light of Glory:
"... sin can dull our senses, causing us to lose sight of the brief moment of time we have on planet earth ... we are transient. Temporary. Fragile. Finite."
In the vast spectrum of time, our lives on earth are a spec on the clock. The amount of time spent here on earth is truly a wink in God's eye. I believe a lie that is fed to us daily is that we are invincible and that we can defy time. Our society uses words like "ageless" as an endearing description of people whose looks defy the hands of time as they get older. We are obsessed with looking younger, holding on to youthfulness and therefore applaud youthful living and decisions. I mean just look at the recent rise of the term "YOLO" (You Only Live Once) and how people used this as an excuse to okay and enable immature and lewd behavior.  There is nothing wrong with being youthful, but there is something wrong in refusing to grow up and refusing to mature. How wisely are we using the fragile moments we are given on this earth?

Job 14:5-7 and Psalm 39:4-5 clearly state that our days are numbered.  David states in Psalm 39:4:
"Everyone is but a breath, even those who SEEM secure."
 No one is invincible. Life is fragile and we should recognize and treat it as so.

I am encouraged to recognize the value of my time on earth. I am motivated to take the rest of my life one day at a time and utilize the little moments that I have to grow, mature and help others. The only time we can be sure of is the very present moment we are alive. What are you doing with your life in the now? Sometimes we are physically present but our minds are dwelling on the past. Sometimes we are so reckless in the present we give no consideration to the future. My prayer for myself and for you is that we learn to find a balance. I believe we can only find that when we submit our lives, schedules, thoughts and moments to the Lord. He is known to make much out of nothing. He is known to add value to worthless things and use foolish things to shame the wise.

Do not get stuck in the lie that you are invincible. You are not, however, choose to allow time to mature you. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says:
"When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me."
It is time to put away childish ways. God is calling us to a new place. In due season we will reap a harvest. In due time...

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