I have been on Facebook for about a year. What I absolutely love about Facebook is the opportunity to re-connect with friends from the past. In the past few months, I have had the opportunity to communicate with Frank, Gary, Debbie, John, Bob, Debbie, Rick, and today — Stan. I haven’t seen most of these people in decades. Yet, re-connecting with these people is a special gift because we share a common history and a common memory. We were a part of a small Christian school in Dallas.
I have been thinking this week about how short life really is. When I was in junior high school, some days would seem like weeks. In some ways, time passes so slowly when you are young. Now? Now time moves quickly. Oh, I don’t feel old or even refer to myself as being old. Yet, I remember passing a mirror not long ago almost startled by the man staring at me. Yes, it was me inside this man’s body. But inside? "I’m still the boy."
Today, I realize just how valuable time really is.
1. I don’t have time to waste on things that don’t matter. I have plenty of time for the things that count.
2. I don’t have time to get moody, self-centered, and irritable. I do have time to love my wife and children.
3. I don’t have time to wallow in the past over what might have
been. I do have time to focus on what God wants to do in my life today.
4. I don’t have time to play self-importance games (Whom do you
know? What kind of house do you live in? What have your kids
accomplished? What are you driving?). I do have time to build up others
and forget myself.
5. I don’t have time to coddle worldly, immature Christians whose idea
of church is getting their way. I have plenty of time to love fellow
Christians who may have various opinions.
6. I don’t have time to be a peacemonger (doing whatever it takes to keep others from getting upset). I do have time to be a peacemaker (loving people no matter what).
7. I don’t have time to play it safe and never risk the possibility of discomfort. I
do have time to trust God who has promised to never leave
me or forsake me.
8. I don’t have time to whine and blame others for being
obstacles. I do have time to take responsibility for my own actions and
9. I don’t have time to complain and focus on the negative. I do
have time to speak a word of hope to people who are overwhelmed by
10. I don’t have time to settle for the mediocre. I do have time to be passionate about what matters most to God.
I would love to hear your response to this. Is this a familiar theme in your own life?