I'll Not Pass This Way Again By George Stroh August 1, 2011
"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil."(Ephesians 5:15,16)
The older I get the more I value my time. When we are young, time seems to move much slower and we feel like we have an abundance of days ahead of us. But when you realize that there is more sand in the bottom of the hour glass than in the top, your remaining days become more precious. Our time is a finite commodity. When it's gone...It's gone for ever.
Of course there really are no promised days for any of us and only God knows how many days we have remaining. So it's unwise to count on the future; "Come now you who say , 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.' Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow, you are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." (James 4:13,14)
Each day that we are alive we each are given this precious gift of time and the opportunities to spend it wisely. I'm learning that the time and opportunities I have with family, friends, Christian brothers and sisters, and even strangers ought not be taken for granted because, who knows... I may not pass by this way again. If there is something I need to say, I better say it because, just like my life, opportunities are just a vapor (cloud) that appear for a little while and then vanishes away.
Here is a little advice from an older guy to you younger folks who feel like you still have plenty of time. Don't waste even a moment and don't spend too much of your time worrying about either the past or the future. An unknown author once wrote; "The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift... That's why it is called the present!" Today is aspecial gift from your heavenly Father. Use it wisely to His glory and your eternal benefit. Maranatha!