Therefore, while we have time, let us do good to all; and now especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
- Galatians 6:10 (Revised Geneva Translation – RGT)
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
- John 9:3-5
“Time is precious, but we do not know how precious it really is. We will know only when we are no longer able to take advantage of it. Our friends ask for our time as if it were nothing, and we give it as if it were nothing. Often our time is our own responsibility; we do not know what to do with it and we become overwhelmed as a result. The day will come when a quarter-hour will seem more valuable than all the fortunes in the universe.”
- François Fénelon, Meditations on the Heart of God
For all those old enough to remember, say it along with me, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Lives of our Days.”
Okay, maybe I didn’t quite remember it myself.
And no, I never watched it. The theme song was my clue that I needed to change the channel or turn the television off.
But which is correct? The days of our lives are only known by God. As C. S. Lewis wrote, “The Future…something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does whoever he is.”
But the lives of our days are often wasted. Some days, just getting one life in there is a major accomplishment. We talk about our age as if that means anything. I have been alive for 60+ years, but has there been life in those years? Half of them?
But some days are so meaningful, it feels like I got two or three lives in there.
Jesus said that He is the Light of the world, but also in the Scripture above, he says that night is coming when we cannot do any work. Does this sound like a contradiction? Could we not ask Jesus to get a little closer and shine His light for the work to continue?
No, Jesus is talking about that night when we sleep and do not awaken until Judgment Day.
So, have you lived a life that was meaningful today? Have you grown closer to Jesus today? Have you helped someone find His way to Jesus today? Awake from your slumber; the days are getting shorter.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.