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Friday, October 22, 2010

Making Good Time Or Making the Time Good?

PILOT: I have some bad news. We are lost, but there is some good news: our navigator just informed me that we are making very good time.

We are all making very good time on our journey through life, aren’t we? Doesn’t it seem only recently that we were high school or college students or employees at our first job? James 4:14 reminds us that our life is a vapor “that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Two evenings ago one of my college classmates (Class of ’57) called me to ask how I was. During our conversation, he told me he disconnected all his incoming calls because he was weary of receiving news that another friend had died. That’s kind of a morose testimonial to the fleeting nature of life, isn’t it?

But life does pass quickly, so how can we make the years count instead of simply counting the years? According to James 4:15 we should say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” And 1 John 2:17 attaches a golden hue to the practice of doing God’s will by stating that “he who does the will of God lives forever.”

So, if we follow God’s direction all the days of this life, we will never lose our way or our purpose for living.