As I was cleaning up my office earlier today I came across a paper with my Red Cross Certificate of Completion card printed on it. Has it already been a week since I took that First Aid course? Had the six days between last Saturday and today actually passed that quickly? How is it possible for moments and minutes to turn to hours and days in the span of a breath or a heartbeat?
For that matter, how has my precious seven pound, first born baby girl become a teenager? Hasn’t it only been the span of a breath since I was a child, a teenager, a recent college grad, a newlywed, a first time mother? The longer I live, the more I realize that human life is exactly like the breath that David describes in Psalm 144:4:
For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow. – Psalm 144:4
Not at all. In contrast, I find these thoughts exhilarating.
One single life, and whether my years are forty or ninety-four, every breath is a gift.
Every moment is His. He has created purpose for my days.
Time flies, use it wisely
Sadly, time is often foolishly spent. Not just mere seconds or hours, but years and decades and in the saddest cases of all, lifetimes are wasted. Our lives are more than a handful of good deeds that if we are lucky, might just add up to enough to buy a ticket to a pleasant eternity. Luck has no part in the life of a believer, and our entrance in to Heaven has already been paid for by Jesus Christ’s shed blood on the cross. These are facts that I believe in faith, and the knowledge that my future is secure regardless of anything I ever could or could not do frees me to live right here, right now, in this moment.
The thought of that is enough to make me stop.
And take a deep breath.
It’s a rare adult who disagrees with the statement that time flies, although you could surely find a million or so children who strongly disagree. Yet, for an adult who truly grasps the reality of our brief existence on this earth, there comes upon us a sense of urgency to make every moment count.
We have only this one life.
Time flies, use it wisely
Every breath and every heartbeat that we spend lost in our past and the “what ifs”, or chasing after desires that lead us far from Christ add and multiply to form years and decades on the calendar until one day, we exhale for the very last time and our heart beats no more. Time flies, use it wisely.
Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the LORD. – Psalm 144:15
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