Jill Jarrell Newsome
It's hard to believe I once had a phone attached to a wall. When it rang, I’d pick it up without knowing who was calling. Who remembers calling the "time" number on the phone just to get the time right on the clocks in your home? It seems like yesterday four of us kids were packed in the backseat going to the lake with friends. No seat belts. Always had a box in the floor board to pick up a turtle on the way for my brother! There was no air conditioning so we would literally "roll" the windows down. Feels like yesterday Mike and I got married, had our girls, watched them start school, watched them graduate and the list goes on. Precious memories!
Scripture reminds us that time flies. James 4: 14, "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." Each day, here, is a gift from God. The Bible also reminds us of the shortness of life in Psalm 90: 12, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
I had a friend who had an organ transplant and she said her doctor told her to live ODAT. One day at a time. I also learned that when I was sick but it is easy to get out of the habit thinking that way. This life is not a dress rehearsal. We have this one round and we better make it count! Psalm 118: 24, "The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad." How different would today be if you really believed that this is the day that the Lord has made, let me rejoice and be glad in it!? Are you living in the past? Are you weighed down by failures or shame? Are you so busy worrying about tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or retirement that you can not see today?
Helen Keller said, "I have walked with people whose eyes are full of light, but who see nothing in wood, sea, or sky, nothing in city streets, nothing in books…It were better far to sail forever in the night of blindness, with sense and feeling and mind, than to be thus content with the mere act of seeing." She may have been blind in sight but spiritually she could see! "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118: 24
"Time can’t be saved, only savored."