Time - Danielle Hellyer

5th June 2020

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” 

James 4:14 (NIV)

I saw a picture on Facebook this week that said “I’m not adding this year to my age, I did not use it”. When I initially read it, I thought it was hilarious (and a little bit truthful with all things COVID). However, then I got thinking… Life is so short! We don’t have a year to waste! You so often hear people say “wow, where has the year gone?” because time seems to be going faster and faster and the years seem to be getting shorter and shorter. There are times when we want time to go fast. Maybe you’re 38 weeks pregnant, really uncomfortable and really wanting to meet your baby. Maybe you’ve had a bad day at work and can’t wait for knock off time to come around. Maybe your kids have been noisy and messy all day so you can’t wait for their bedtime. When I was doing my discipleship year in 2011, I remember one specific teaching from a pastor at the church. He was talking about how so often we are waiting for the next ‘big thing’. On Monday, we can’t wait until the weekend. When we’re at work, we can’t wait to go on our next holiday. When winter comes, we can’t wait for summer. When our kids are at home, we can’t wait for them to go back to school. The problem with living this life is that we miss out on what life has to offer every day. “First I was dying to finish high school and start college. And then I was dying to finish college and start working. And then I was dying to marry and have children. And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school so I could return to work. And then I was dying to retire. And now, I am dying… And suddenly I realise that I forgot to live.” – Anonymous Life is so precious. It’s here today and gone tomorrow. Live and enjoy the life that God has so generously given to you.

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