• Jill Jarrell Newsome

The Mule

Over Christmas Mike and I went to see Clint Eastwood in The Mule. His character, Earl, was broke, alone and facing foreclosure. At 90 years old he took a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success led to easy money and larger shipments. The movie was based on true a story.


I am still thinking about Earl. It may sound crazy for someone to get involved like Earl did but I know elderly people who would innocently go make a delivery to make money. At one point in the movie Earl says he has all the money in the world to buy anything.....but time.


Like many people Earl was busy. Busy working...to provide for others. Then you find yourself wanting more time. Money does not buy time. Time is a gift. Psalm 39: 4, "Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is." If we knew our time to say goodbye we would probably spend more quality time with our loved ones. The gift of time is the most meaningful gifts that can be given.


Just as I enjoy spending time with my family, God loves when I spend time with Him! This is when He can speak to us. In high school everyone said my best friend and I talked just alike. No one could tell us apart on the telephone. That is because we spent lots of time together. As we spend more time with God and His Word, He changes us to be more like Him! His will becomes our will. His desires become our desires. We simply cannot remain the same person after spending time with Him.

As we spend time with friends or family, our love and trust grows. When we spend time with God, our faith and trust in Him grow. Our confidence in His power grows. Let's use our time to listen and focus on those we love the most. And God should be at the top of that list! Ephesians 5: 15, "Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise..."


Are you using your time wisely?

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