I was visiting my father in the intensive care unit a few days before his death. He was hooked up to so many machines; some keeping him alive…others taking measurements. There was one machine my dad watched most often. After asking him why, he told me that it was a machine that monitors his heart beat. I asked innocently what happened if his heart stops. The answer I expected was “an electrical shock triggers my heart to start beating again” or “nurses and doctors come running”. Instead my dad said, “there’s a little speaker on the back of the machine and it will say ‘good-bye Paul’ ”.
While he was just trying to be funny, his comment shocked me. It gave me a jolt of reality that my dad’s life was almost over…and before I know it, a speaker on the back of some machine will be telling me, “Good-Bye.”
In Psalm 90:12 Moses prayed; “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Thinking and knowing that our days are truly numbered should help us keep an eternal perspective, which in turn should help us make decisions and choices rank by eternal values.
Give some thought about time as an embezzler…coming in at night to steal days, weeks, even years of energy that could be used for more valuable kingdom pursuits that will fulfill you and glorify God. Try to remember to use each day for your God as if it were your last…for in the blink of an eye, it will be.
Today, examine the activities of your day. Are they kingdom focused? Even in doing the laundry, having the attitude of gratitude that you have clothes to wash, a machine to wash them in, and service to your family as an opportunity from God, will allow you to take a “mundane” task, and give it eternal perspective. If the task isn’t directly kingdom advancing, or indirectly as in the laundry example, you have to think about cutting it out, as it is an embezzler. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts on time as an embezzler.
Dear Father God, I thank You, Father, for this day and every day of life You give me. I know that each day is a gift from You. Help me, Lord, to live with eternity always in view. Even as I go to work, help look at the people in the office or clients, or vendors as eternal treasures and not just random “shmoes” in my life. Help me to develop the mind of Christ and have your eternal viewpoint of my life. I ask for the courage to cut out the pleasurable but embezzling pursuits I cling to…they are a waste of time, sometimes sinful, and show my lack of trust in your instruction and love. I pray in the name of the one who secured eternity for me, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children said – AMEN!
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.
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.