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What Will You Do With the Time You Have Left?

This week there were a couple of tragedies in the news that really hit home.  Then I saw a program on TV that used the phrase “What will you do with the time you have left?” and it made me think.  It seems like very often we go from day to day without a sense of urgency.  James has something to say about that

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 4:13-15

How would things change if you we took this verse to heart? What if we looked at every day as a fleeting opportunity to make a Kingdom impact? Would our interactions with others change if we really understood the limited amount of time we have to reach them? How would our communication with family and friends be different if we were to recognize that each moment is precious?  Take a moment today to think through these words and the limited amount of time we truly have:

Love – Love for God and Love for others.

Compassion – a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering

Grace – a manifestation of favor

The Gospel – the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation

Eternity – infinite time; duration without beginning or end.

I recently ran across a YouTube video of Penn Jillette, a professional magician and professed atheist, sharing a story about a fan who gave him a New Testament following one of his shows. In this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhG-tkQ_Q2w he asks a question that has really impacted me: “If you believe there is a heaven and hell and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever. And you think that ‘Well, it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward.’ Atheist would think that people shouldn’t proselytize just leave me alone. How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?” This is coming from a man who is an atheist but, it’s a question we as believers should really consider.

So, “What will you do with the time you have left?” How can each of us make the greatest impact for the kingdom? How can we take advantage of every opportunity to share the truth? What will you do differently today?  I would love to hear your thoughts – so, leave a comment.