Life is short, time is precious, enjoy it while you can

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Life is short, time is precious, enjoy it while you can.”
 
The other day I attended the funeral of an old friend who died rather suddenly. He was seventy-seven, but he had been a healthy and vigorous seventy-seven. However, one day they discovered he had cancer and seven weeks later he was dead. Just like that, he was gone.
 
Many of you reading this know that last year my daughter Tracy died suddenly as well. The cause was also cancer. It was exactly one week from the time they discovered she even had cancer until she died. One week. I have another friend who lost his daughter instantly, in a car accident. One moment she was alive and well, and the next she was dead.
 
This is what James was referring to in James 4:14. There’s a thin line separating life and death and any of us can cross it at any moment. Life is fragile, unpredictable, sometimes short, and it often ends abruptly. Therefore, we must savor and guard and cherish the time that we have. Time is precious and shouldn’t be wasted. That’s why one of my favorite sayings about time, and one which I often think about, write about, and use in my preaching and teaching, is the one from Benjamin Franklin which, when rephrased in contemporary language says, “Do you value your life? Then value your time. Because time is the stuff that life is made of.”
 
Too many of us waste our time, or we rush through our lives allowing ourselves to be so busy that we don’t really enjoy it, or we don’t give our time to the people and things which are most important. The older I get the more I appreciate and value my time.
 
All this month I would like to explore with you the idea of slowing down, focusing on the people and events that matter the most, and truly savoring this gift of life the Lord has given us. Let’s learn together how to truly savor our time.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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