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Pastoral Perspectives,

In reading Ecclesiastes 3 we see two important components to enjoying a fulfilled life. One of those components is time. For those who are actively engaged in life, there never seems to be enough time For those who aren't, they have time on their hands that is often wasted because it isn't properly invested.

Think about this; there are 86,400 seconds in every twenty-four-hour day and you and I get to 'spend' them any way we choose, but we only get to spend them once. It is impossible to borrow more time from tomorrow and just as impossible to beg for the time already spent. Every minute of every day, (all 1,440) is a gift from God to use for something that will not only enrich our life but also the lives of others. And then there's this that most fail to grasp; we are accountable to God for how we 'spend' each second. I know for most that is a mind-numbing thought, but it remains true.

Scripture tells us in Luke 12:48, " ...for everyone to whom much is given from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more."

We are choosing to either invest wisely the time God provides for us or we are choosing to foolishly waste it. Time is a precious component of life. I trust that we all will learn to treasure the time we are given more by using it in the second important component of life. That component is purpose. Preacher Solomon said, "to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven." Ec. 3:1

"A time to be born and a time to die." Ec. 3:2 Question is what or whose purpose are you investing in between the two? While in your planting or in your plucking? Ec. 3:3

When you are breaking down those things in your path or building up? Ec. 3:4

The times of laughter and the time of mourning and the time between? Ec. 3:5

Author/Pastor Andy Stanley in his book, 'Visioneering' uses the life of Nehemiah as his platform for encouraging people to be committed to God's vision and purpose in life. He closes with these words that are powerful and penetrating. Stanley writes, "Everybody ends up somewhere in life. Nehemiah ended up somewhere on takes more than imagination and passion to make what could and should be a takes patience, investigation, planning and faith." Stanley continues, "Everybody has a mental picture of what could be and should be for his life. But not everybody will pay the price to turn that mental image into reality...if you are consumed with the tension between what is and what could be, if you find yourself emotionally involved...frustrated...broken-hearted...maybe even angry...about the way things are, and if you believe God is behind your anguish, then chances are you are on the brink of something divine. Something too important to walk away from. Pay the price. Embrace the vision. After all, everybody ends up somewhere in life. You have the opportunity to end up somewhere on purpose."

As children of God, we must be and remain on His purpose if we hope to enjoy His design in life for life.

Tick, Tock. Tick, Tock. Time is passing. You can't stop it. You can only invest it or waste it. Don't let this time, His time pass without realizing His purpose. For that would certainly be a waste!

For His purpose in His time!

Pstr K

Hebrews 10:35-36