One week ago, the year Two Thousand and Nineteen began. It is hard to wrap my mind around how quickly time flies and yet how slowly it can crawl.
It seems as though just yesterday we were ringing in a new decade. At the same time, 2015 seems like an eternity ago.
Everything happens, and nothing changes as time marches on. Ok. Maybe I am being too deep for a blog, but I am blasting an epic Hans Zimmer playlist while I write this so maybe that has something to do with it. But the point remains, time moves forward whether we are ready for it to or not.
And as I sit and think about this new year that is already a week old I can’t help but think about Ephesians 5:15-16. It says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.”
The days in which we live, and the days that Paul lived as well since he wrote that, are evil. Therefore, we cannot afford to waste any time doing the things that do not matter. We must live and act wisely with the time that we do have.
In Psalm 90, the Psalmist asks God to “teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” And Psalm 39 reminds us that our time here on earth is small and limited but that our hope is still in the Lord. Colossians 4:5 reminds us to wisely use every opportunity we have when encountering those who do not know Jesus.
Each moment that we have here, in this life, is precious.
- The moment when you welcome your spouse home and ask about their day.
- The moment when you greet an old friend.
- The moment when a family member reminds you of their love for you.
- The moment when you look at the sky and appreciate God’s incredibly beautiful creation.
- The moment when God reveals an exciting truth to you in His Word.
- The moment where you thank God for your stressful job.
- The moment when a coworker asks you about your faith.
- The moment when you show kindness to a stranger.
- The moment that you realize that God has faithfully been with you through every single one of your life’s moments.
We have so many opportunities in life to do something that matters. We can encourage, bless, love, pray, share, act justly, and so on. But as much as we have an almost uncountable amount of opportunities, we must also realize that today we have fewer opportunities than we did yesterday.
We must make each day count.
We must live each day for Jesus.
We must refuse to waste our lives.