I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. [John 17:4 (NLT)]

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. [C. S. Lewis]

sandhill-crane“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives,” goes the introduction to the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. Since that show has aired more than 13,000 episodes since 1965, something tells me the show’s hourglass has been flipped over several times. While that hourglass keeps getting turned, the hourglass that numbers the days of our lives is glued to the table—once the sand runs through to the other side, it’s all over. Moreover, none of us have any idea how large our individual hourglass happens to be. The days of our lives are both finite and unknown.

If a king said we could keep all the gold we could count in a day, I imagine we’d all find the time to diligently count those shiny coins from sunrise to sunset. Time—we all have it, we all waste it and, chances are, we all complain about not having enough of it. Nevertheless, we’d find time to count that gold for an earthly king! Why, I wonder, do we (or at least I) have so much difficulty finding time to do the real King’s work?

Jesus never seemed rushed, was willing to be interrupted and always found time to pray yet He managed to complete the work God gave him to do. Have we even started?

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. [H. Jackson Brown, Jr.]

Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone—as though we had never been here. [Psalm 103:15-16 (NLT)]

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” [Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT)]

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