Time In Our Hands

  I want you to meet my friend, Mark Saunders.  He was an alcoholic, whom I ministered with in Bluefield, West Virginia.  He would drink anything that had the content of alcohol in it.  I was with him when they carried him to a sanatorium in Virgina to be dried out. When he came home, we talked about what he was going through.  He told me that he could never touch another drop of alcohol.  When his cronies urged him to drink with them, he would tell them, “not today, maybe tomorrow.”  Each day, he would deny his cravings.  He had to learn to “live one day at a time.”  That statement, “live one day at a time” is not simply the secret to Alcoholic Anonymous, it is the teaching of Christ.   

  Jesus said it like this: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”    Matthew 6:34 

  Time in our hands, all of us have time.  Time is a gift.  We do not deserve it, nor have we earned it. It is a gift from God. Too often, we measure time by years, months, days, hands on a clock. But ought it not be measured by heartbeats, breaths and dreams? 

  Time has to be accepted.  It is an opportunity.  It allows choice. What we do with time is of greatest importance.  You cannot kill time, nor hoard it up.  It must simply be accepted.  We must make wise use of time, or abuse it.  That is our only choice. Within time, decisions are made, and decisions produce destiny  God gives each one of us this precious raw material out of which choice is made.  It is very personal. No one can do time for you.  Each person is responsible for what they do with the time that is in their hands.
There is a sign in a city which reads:  “Speed limit, 30 miles per hour. Thirty dollar fee for every mile over the speed limit. Chose the speed that you can afford.”
Live any old way you want to, but be willing to accept the consequences for the kind of life you chose to live. This is the uniqueness of life.  Each person stands or falls before God.  Time is your opportunity to do with it what you will.  Just remember, that good things are paid for in advance and bad things are paid for afterwards.  Use time wisely.

  Time is three dimensional…past, present and future.  We posses the past by memory, the future by anticipation and we live in the present.  Someone has put it like this:  “Yesterday is a canceled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is cash.”   Spend it wisely.

  The two most difficult days for us, are yesterday and tomorrow.  Yesterday, because we keep draggingin the skeletons from the past and tomorrow because we try to cross bridges before we get there.  We are a part of our past. We must learn from the past, or we will relive it in the future.  However, we can’t live in the past, it is gone but we can accept its lessons to help us in our present living.
Also, we are a part of our future. The dreams, visions, aspirations of our lives help make up the kind of living we do in the present.  We can’t live in the tomorrow, but we can live for tomorrow.  That is, we must have a tomorrow to live for today.  So the past has value and the future has promise.
May we understand that yesterday and tomorrow are really ghost.  We must not allow these two ghosts to haunt us, by dragging in the skeletons of the past, nor attempting to cross bridges before we get there

  We must learn to live in the present.   Dr. John Dorsey said, “We live in an explosion of now’s.”  Now is all we have.  We cannot crowd into our living one moment sooner than the moment we now possess.

  Living has to be done on the installment plan. No one has discovered how to live more than one moment at a time. You don’t have to be a Christian for a year in advance, just be a christian today.  Can you be a devoted Christian one day at a time?  Try that and after that day is passed, try the next.  Determine with the Apostle Paul,  “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13

One Response to “Time In Our Hands”

  1. I’ve cosen Philippians 3:13 as my New Year’s Resolution. Thanks

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