Good morning. It is Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
Zig Ziglar once said, “Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute.”
My friend Carolyn writes a blog. One of her last pieces was titled The Last Time. I call her my friend although we have never met 😊 She is kind and thoughtful and a wonderful writer. But we have never spoken over the phone much less face to face. She is the sister of one of my dearest and most trusted friends Susie, so in a very big way, I feel I know her regardless of our meeting or not.
“The Last Time”
I have often thought about this. The last time you will rock your baby. The last time you will tie their shoe. The last time you will butter their bread or pour the salad dressing. The last time you will rock them to sleep. The last time they will crawl up on your lap or snuggle up to you on the couch. The last time they will sleep in your bed and eventually in their bed.
There is the last time you kiss a loved one. The last time you see a friend. The last time you walk through that door at work. The last time you drive that certain route. There is a last time for everything, and we usually do not see it coming.
Would it change anything if you could see it coming? I believe it would. We would linger longer by the bedside. Stop to breathe deeply, to embrace longer. We would not let anger and jealousy get in the way so often. We would enjoy time more.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa
As I get closer to 60, I try not to look back. It seems time has gone too quickly and with it can be regret. I do not want regret and so I choose to look at today.
Mom always said “the older you get the fast time goes.” It’s so true and you cannot fully grasp that until too much time has passed.
I think about Wendell and I planning to cruise Alaska. We talked about it for over 35 years and never went. It is too late to do that now with him, and perhaps in the bigger picture it really does not matter, but my point is, do we spend our life planning, or do we spend our life living?
We are cautioned, in a way, to not worry about tomorrow. Do not talk about what you will do in the future. The future is not guaranteed. You have today! Make it count, today.
Proverbs 27:1 tells us “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” – NKJV
Indeed. So much can change in a day. Plans can be squashed so fast it makes your head spin. Death, illness, loss can all change your plans faster that you can catch your breath. But there is hope my friend!
1 John 2:17 says, “And the world is passing away…but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Now that is some “time” I can wra
p my head and heart around! I want to live forever. I want to live in perfect peace and perfect health. I do not want to worry about time!
Have you ever thought about that? Living in a way that you will always have tomorrow. Always have another day. Always have all the time you need and want and then more time!! A time where there will be no more ‘last’ anything. No more goodbyes, no more regrets.
Until that day comes there is only one thing we should be planning for. That is lift-off from this sinful planet on that great and mighty day when Jesus returns for us.
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11 NKJV
It’s high time we set our sights on heaven. Jesus is coming back.
So many generations have passed since His promise to return that people have lost sight of that promise; some do not believe any of it. But we can trust God. God cannot lie and why would He?
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us (you), not willing that any (you) should perish but that all (you) should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV
Come to repentance and be saved.
Some believe His second coming will be a quiet thing, an invisible thing and they quote 2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” but the very next words, in the very same verse, paint a much more vivid picture. “in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”
That does not sound secretive to me!
And then verses 11 and 12, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?” NKJV
Oh, how I long to see that day. It will be a terrible day for many, but for those who love Jesus, for those who have accepted His gift of eternal life,…it will be the best day ever!