Your Biggest Treasure Is Invisible
It is possible that your greatest treasure is the one you let slip through your fingers. This happens daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. It isn’t money or things. It isn’t your health. Indeed these are blessings, but there is something that is in even more limited supply than money or health. The treasure is time.
Get Out the Measuring Stick
“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” Psalm 90:10
Ouch! I am seventy years old. Each year I come closer to using up my remaining time. How much have I squandered? Double ouch! Each day I could probably find a cancer in my agenda or lack thereof. Perhaps we need to see, touch, taste, hear and smell time differently. Was my use of time beautiful? Was it delicious? Was it a wonderful melody in the life of another? Was it gentle and protective? Was it like a rose, or more like a sewer drain?
John Foster (1770–1843), said: “In reflecting on the waste of time in one’s own past life, and in the lives of most other men, one has been tempted to regret that time should be infinitely remote from all relation to the senses; so that ample periods of it can pass away as unseen as a departing spirit, and as silent as death.” (On the Improvement of Time, 33)
How to Identify a Follower of Jesus
A friend of Jesus sees time as a resource to love someone. It is a treasure that can encourage, help, and will be multiplied in ways unimagined. You see, we teach others the value of time by how we use the time we have been given. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17
Five Minute Friday
This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up.
All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.
We look back and see the waste
of our allotted years,
and on our lips the salty taste
of vain and bitter tears.
We sit in judgement of our youth
and shake our hoary heads,
but are we privy to the truth?
Were all our efforts dead?
Or were excesses God-redeemed,
drawn straight with crooked lines,
and the waste not what it seemed
in our cage of time?
Can we be brave in looking back
to see God’s gain in our sore lack?
“Was my use of time beautiful? Was it delicious? Was it a wonderful melody in the life of another?” I think these are the questions I need to ask myself daily. Yes, time is a valuable resource, and we need to use it wisely. I’m afraid I squander that treasure all too often. Thank you for sharing this.
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oh, the treasure of time eh? sometimes we forget that. 🙂 visiting from FMF23
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