MAKING THE REST THE BEST
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the
most of the time, because the days are evil.
A week ago, I heard a true story about a skydiving instructor. He always took the time to answer all first-timer's questions, no matter how foolish the question might be. One guy asked, "If our chute doesn't open, and the reserve chute doesn't open, how long do we have until we hit the ground?" The jump master looked at him and answered, "The rest of your life."
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE REST?
All you have left is the rest of your life. What are you doing with it? Are you making the most of the time as God tells us to do?
I have found that a good number of people live in the past. They live longing for the good ole days... or mourning past failures, wishing they could go back and do it over again. Living in the past is a waste of precious time called the present. Yesterday is gone and cannot be changed. God wants us to learn from the past and let go of the past.
While some live in the past, some others live in the future. These folks always think how great it will be once: they get out of school... or get married... or get the toddlers in school... or get the kids in college (and out of the house)... or get the kids out of college (and off the payroll)... or retire. Living in the future also robs you of the precious present since tomorrow may never come.
All we have to live in is today. Certainly we are to plan for tomorrow, but we are to live in today and make the most of each day. Enjoy time with friends and family. Rejoice in the job God has provided. Take advantage of those opportunities to encourage people and tell them you love them. Open your mouth and share Jesus with that neighbor, friend or lost loved one. It may be your last chance to do so. Put away those things you do that displease Jesus. Live your life for His glory!!
THE BEST TIME?
A sign in a tree nursery read, "The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago... the second best time is today." Maybe you have wasted much of your life living for sin and self. Maybe you are thinking, "I missed my opportunity." Not so. You can start today to really live for the Lord and walk by faith. Whether you have 7 days left or 70 years left, make the most of the time you have by committing your all to Jesus Christ. He will use you in a great way to make a difference for the Kingdom if you will get serious about Him.
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Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast. Click here to become a ministry partner.