By: Betty Predmore
I am often amazed at the passing of time. Although it seems that some days drag on and bedtime takes forever to get here, it is amazing how quickly our days come and go. My children think “old age” is far, far from now, and that they have all the time in the world to “do this”, “go there”, “be that”. I try to share my wisdom with them and let them know that time is fleeting, like sands through the hourglass, and every day needs to be embraced and used to its fullest potential.
It is incredulous to me to think that my 30-year class reunion is this year. It is somewhat puzzling to recall that I have been on this earth almost half a century. Where did this time go? Did I make the best use of my time that I could? And what IS the best use of my time? I try to be a supportive wife and helper to my husband in his activities. This takes time. I try to be a good mom and stay active in the things that interest my children. This takes time. I make every attempt to be a loving daughter and invest in my parents and their needs. This takes time. I make every effort to be a supporter of my community by being involved. This takes time. I strive to be a supportive role model, friend, and spiritual leader. This takes time. I try to keep my house tidy, the laundry done, and the bills paid. This takes time. I try to make time for kisses, hugs, tickles, giggles, sweet laughter, and “I love you”. This takes time. We have all heard the old saying…”So much to do, so little time.”
Jesus had much less time on earth than I have had, and He had far more to accomplish. In his mere 33 years, he did more than any of us can do in a lifetime. He walked his message to thousands, sharing God’s Word and God’s love to all who would listen. He taught his disciples much on how to live and how to teach others to live. He preached to nations. He prayed for humanity. He offered his body as a living sacrifice so that we could have forgiveness of our sins, salvation, and eternal life with God the Father. He had so little time, yet He accomplished so much.
I don’t know how much time God will give me on this earth. I don’t know what experiences He has for me in the future. I only know that I am called to use my time here to be a supportive wife, to be a good mom, to care for my parents as long as I have them, to be a champion for the causes in my community, to be a supportive role model, friend, and spiritual leader. I am to make sure there is time for kisses, hugs, tickles, giggles, sweet laughter, and “I love you”. And most importantly, I am to make sure there is time for God, first and foremost. I am to allow him to direct my days and my time according to His will and purpose for my life. I am to share His love with others, and bring others hope of salvation and eternal life in the glorious heavens. I am to take my time…my so little time…and use it for the glory of the Almighty.