Read Ephesians 5:15-20
ALSO IN SCRIPTURE
“The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” (Psalms 90:10, NRSV)
Have you ever watched the old TV show called the Twilight Zone? There was one episode starring Burgess Meredith about a man named Henry Bemis who loved nothing more than a good book, or a compelling news story, or a tabloid magazine. Henry loved to read and it didn’t matter if it was poetry, a classic novel, a newspaper article or even the button on someone’s shirt, Henry loved reading. The only problem was that he just didn’t have enough time in a day to do all the reading he wanted to do. He had to work and could only find a little time to read on his lunch break. When he was at home, his wife demanded that he spend time with her, which included going over her friends houses. There just wasn’t enough time.
One day, while on lunch break, Henry went into the bank vault at work to read. He closed the door behind him and sat down to read a book. Somewhere during his time in that vault, an atom bomb was dropped and the world as Henry knew it was literally blasted away. When Henry emerged from the vault, there was nothing left but rubble. Everyone he knew, everyone in general, was dead. It took him a while to come to terms with the fact that he was all alone, but when he stumbled upon a ruined library, and plethora of books, he realized he had all the time in the world to read. He was elated about this until he accidentally knocked his glasses off of his head and broke them. Staring through blurry eyes he cried out, “That’s not fair…that’s not fair at all. There was time now, there was all the time I needed. It’s not fair…It’s not fair.”
Many people, myself included, go about their days and get lost in the business of their lives. In fact, is it not true that the very source of our income, the very source of our “end’s meat” is business (aka BUSY-NESS)? And then, when we are home, we busy ourselves with other things as well. Whether it is driving our kids around from place to place, fixing stuff up around the house, scheduling ourselves around our favorite reality shows, or whatever else it is that we do, it is no wonder that at the end of the day we simply say that there is not enough time!
But is that true? Do we truly not have enough time? Has God truly dealt us an existence that lacks in time? Or is it that we find ourselves wasting the time that we have? Are we good stewards of the time that we have been given? While there is not doubt that it is important to spend time with family, and it is important to work, and it is important to have some leisure time as well, it is also important to manage the time we have and to make the most of it. We are called to be good stewards of our time as much as we are called to be good stewards of anything else.
What God is calling us to do is to live out our time here on earth with purpose. To waste time is to waste the purpose God is calling us to live out. The fact is, as Henry Bemis discovered, there is a difference between all the time we want versus all the time that we need. God has given us all the time we need and is asking us to use it wisely. We never know when our time is up and there isn’t a moment to lose in seeking and living out the purpose God has given us. We don’t want to end up like Henry Bemis staring down at a broken clock and lamenting over the time we could’ve had, even as he was facing all the time in the world he could ever want. The time to live with purpose is now.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” – Charles Buxton
Lord, help me to become a better steward of my time by guiding me toward the purpose with which you would like me to spend it. Amen.
5 thoughts on “All the Time in the World”
Pastor Todd, this is a wake up call for all of us! I can relate to this devoition as last week I thought I was having a stroke. People say that your life passes before your eyes and I always thought that it meant that you see yourself at various stages of your life. But what really happened, for me anyway, was that my mind went directly to my life now, my family, my grandson and my future grandchildren that I might not have the time to meet. Thankflully, I wasn’t having a stroke, but it was a wake up call for me.
What I have come to understand is that we all need to simplify our lives.
We can take an example from The Andy Griffin show; sitting on the front porch at the end of the day taking time to ask those around us, ‘how was your day?’ and taking time to begin and end our days in prayer to the One who calls us by name and loves us unconditionally.
Thank you Debbie. I am glad to hear that you weren’t having a stroke. I will keep you and your health in my prayers. I definitely understand what you mean about life flashing before your eyes. I have had a similar experience and I can definitely confirm what you are saying in my experience. In moments of life or death, we do come to realize what is truly important to us in our lives, and it is a shame that it usually takes moments like that for us to realize what is truly important. I agree with you 100%. Thank you for your thoughts! The Andy Griffith show was a great example indeed.
correction: Andy Griffith show! sorry 🙂
Haha! No prob. I def knew who you met! 🙂