As I write today, I note that the year of 2012 is nearly completed. Barring some tragedy or completion of your life on earth, you will soon see 2013 (or perhaps even have as you are reading this). The world is watching as America steps closer to going over this Fiscal Cliff (see my last “Cliff Notes” blog for more information there). Time did not end on 12-21-12 as some predicted, though most believing in the significance of this date are simply seeing it as a new beginning. Time is short, however, before 2012 comes to a close and even perhaps for you in your life! Sadly, another horrific shooting took place on 12-14-12, which now stands as the “second deadliest school shooting in U.S. History” (the 04-16-07 Virginia Tech Tragedy still being the worst 😟 ). Little did those 20 young children (ages 6-7) and 6 adults know that their time on earth was short when they went to school that morning (28 total were killed by that shooter—Adam Lanza, who had shot his own mother earlier that day, then shot himself as first responders arrived on the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary). Certainly, none of us knows for sure how long we will have to live this life on earth, but one thing is for sure—Time is short!
Have you ever thought about this thing we call time? Indeed, it is somewhat of a mystery to us! Time is a measurable thing. Interestingly, it is measured by our fixed positioning in the universe and that primarily in reference to the sun. The fixed rotations of the sun, moon and other bodies in space make time measurable for us (just as GOD says they were given to us for—see Genesis 1:14). If you were able to plant yourself on another planet (not possible for us, as no other planet is privileged and created for life in the universe, as true science and not theory still confirms), time would be measured differently. Even if you are blessed with a full life expectancy of what we consider today, you would not be living much more than 70 years or so. In light of history and of the great expanse of space, indeed our alive time is short!
It would be quite tragic if your time and life here on earth was cut short. Did you know that the daily choices you make even impact your time on earth? Clearly, our Creator has designed it as such. If you do not take care of your body, you will risk greater sickness and weakness and your time living will even be cut short. If you live your life in risky ways and around people who do not keep safety prioritized, your time on earth will be shortened. If you drive and do so in what is a dangerous way, you risk injury or even death (many are killed on the highways every day). Regardless of how long you do live, in light of eternity (which is essentially timeless and without end), this life and time on earth is short! We should live in this light of eternity!!
Friend, your time is short! It may not be today or tomorrow that you meet your Maker, but it will be one day soon! You may not perish in some tragic shooting or through some terrible accident, but your time on earth will soon pass. Time is short for decisions that we make and should make that impact how we live and even how long we live (also impacting our eternity). Time is short for the leaders in this Country to avoid further economic turmoil. Time is short for you dear friend and you need to be ready to meet your Maker! Do not waste or ruin it, but instead, redeem it! You would do well to heed the instruction of Ephesians 5:15-16: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”