December 29, 2018

A Year of Time
By: Steven B. Cloud

Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea – especially at the beginning of a new year.

As we look into the New Year, we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchase it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.

The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak – every man, woman, and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.

Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.

And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.

Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.

The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?

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Make your 2019 New Year’s resolutions in one or more of the following categories:
Family
Community
Self Improvement
Business
Expand Yourself – Get out of your comfort zone and do something you have never done before
Adventurous – Follow you heart and do something you have always wanted to do
Say “Yes” more often
Follow the passion in your heart

– Friar Telly, II

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