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Reverend Shaun Draughn

Sycamore Baptist Church

It seems to me that more often than not, I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get things done. I’m sure many of you can relate. Between kids, work, and church, it seems as though I never quite get to all the things I want to accomplish. In my dismay, I have to ask, “Where does all my time go?”  And man, the older I get, the faster time seems to go! As a child, I was told I would feel that way as I grew older, but I sure didn’t believe it.

Time seems to be the subject that plagues many people’s mind: so much so that a plethora of songs have been written about it. Jim Croce wished that he could save time in a bottle, Tracey Lawrence serenaded us with the fact that no matter what, time marches on, and Hootie and the Blowfish questioned, “Time, why do you punish me?”

The fact is we can’t save time in a bottle- because it does continue marching on. But it doesn’t have to punish us with the regrets of “I wish I would have… ,” or, “If only…” I say seize this moment and take this time to enjoy this present day – your children and your family. These are precious times to love and adore one another. But above all things, take time for the Lord.

I say this because on an ordinary, yet special day, over 2,000 years ago, He took time for you on the Cross of Calvary, where He gave His life that you may live in a place where time won’t matter anymore. The Bible teaches us that the children of God will live for eternity in Heaven where there will be neither sickness nor death, nor crying.

Friends, when it comes to time management, we have become a society distracted by so many things. I do believe that we can do better. I know that I can. As you read this, it is my most fervent desire that you slow down, reflect on the most important things in your life, and above all, consider Jesus.

Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Are you spending your time wisely? Are you focused on eternity?

In Romans 13:11, the Apostle Paul wrote, “And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” Today is the day salvation. Come while you still can.

Has this made you stop and think? Maybe it’s something you have thought about many times before. Maybe the timing is just right. Do your desire to seize this moment in time, and call it the day of your salvation? If so, if the Lord is leading you, pray with me:

“Lord, I am a sinner, and I have wasted too much time not seeking you sooner, but today is the day. Forgive me of my sins, I believe in your death, burial and resurrection. Save me. I want to spend eternity with you and my loved ones in Heaven. Amen.”

If you have prayed that prayer, I am so excited for, and that’s one thing you can mark off your to do list. I now encourage you to find a local Bible- believing church of your choice and give Jesus a little of your time. You won’t regret it.