Bible Reading: Luke 17:20-37
Life can be short. Life can move at a fast pace. Life can be over before we know it. Boy, that’s a dreary thought to begin with, isn’t it? It’s meant to be…because it doesn’t have to be that way. When we slow down, take a serious look at ourself and prioritize life according to how God sees it…suddenly, everything takes on new meaning and purpose. From how I use my time, to how I use my resources, to the things that I do…everything.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
What are your plans for today? Where are you going tomorrow? Doing anything this weekend? If you don’t have plans to do something…there is a good chance that you’re going to wind up not doing anything. And then later, when the day is passed, wishing that you had planned something.
I read an interesting article recently about how Americans use their time. Based on the fact that the average American lives to be 78.8-years-old, here is how they will spend all the days of their life (22,573 days) between their 18th birthday and the day they die.
Activity Number of days
- Sleeping 8,031
- Socializing, relaxing, leisure 4,306
- Work, and work-related activities 3,716
- Household activities 1,649
- Traveling and commuting 1,148
- Eating and drinking 1,052
- Personal care 775
- Shopping 348
- Caring for household members 321
- Sports, exercise, and recreation 291
- Education 165
- Volunteer activities 135
- Telephone calls
I read another article that talked about living a fast-paced life. They had several statements that help you determine if you are living too fast. For instance:
- People tell you that you talk too fast.
- When someone else is talking and you don’t feel like they are getting to the point quick enough…you try to help them along.
- You are the first one to finish eating at mealtime.
- You get frustrated when people walking in front of you are going too slow.
- If you had to sit for one hour and do nothing…it would drive you nuts.
- You refuse to stand in line at a restaurant to wait for a table.
- When you have a problem to solve, and don’t know what to do, you just go ahead and do something, rather than wait until you get the correct information.
Those two articles present a pretty good picture of a lot of people that I know. Like the first article…they’re just plugging along. Little, or no planning. Their lives are like a script from a movie and they are just doing what it says. Like the second article…they are moving at a high rate of speed. Blazing through life doing whatever is next…without really giving any serious consideration to what they are doing, or why they are doing it. They’re moving too fast to slow down that much!
Get this…nothing much has changed since the days of Jesus…or, of Lot…or, of Noah! That’s a long, long, time ago. Jesus said that in His day and Lot’s day and Noah’s day…people were eating, and drinking, and buying, and selling, and planting, and building…without giving any attention to what was really important…without stopping to evaluate their life…without asking if what they were doing was of any real value. They just did it. Why? “Because, that’s what we do. Because, we always do it that way. Because, it’s what I’m supposed to do. Stop asking me why!!! We just do it!!!” Okay, settle down, it’s going to be alright.
But here is what happens. We get so caught up in the routine and the fast pace of living…that we miss life. One day, we wake up, in our 60’s, or 70’s…and much of life has passed us by and we have nothing to show for it. And what is worse is that we have nothing to offer to God. We’ve spent years doing stuff, being busy and active…but it all just disappears from sight…it doesn’t last. There is nothing that we have done that has an eternal value. We have done nothing, or produced anything, that we can take to Heaven with us.
Take a few minutes, today, and think about…
- how you are using your time, and energy, and resources
- what you are producing with your life
- if what you are doing is helping you to grow, and mature, and become a better person and a better follower of Jesus
- how you are helping other people
- what you are doing that is of real value
- what your goals are…for today, this year, 10 years, your entire life
- what you are doing that is going to last, forever
- and, what you will be able to give to God as an offering of your love for Him when you get to Heaven.
Oh, and by the way…85 days of your life spent on the telephone…really? I think that I can find something better to do with my time. Unless, of course, I’m talking with you. That’s always a good thing. I’ll call you later.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,