Pastor Mark's Newsletter (March 2017)

It’s hard to believe that we are already into the third month of 2017. Time marches on with or without our cooperation.  And the Bible has much to say about time and how we use it.  In fact, the word time is recorded 1,231 times in the Bible. Paul wrote that we are to be wise, “redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). 

Every single person has the same number of minutes and hours each day.  How we use that time determines the quality of our lives or the lack thereof.  The difference between healthy people that achieve great exploits and those who don’t, more often than not, is determined by the way they use their time.  Since time is so important a wise person doesn’t just mark time, they wisely manage their lives around what time they have available and take great care not to waste it. Wise time managers also have a great sense of timing and know when and where to “Carpe Diem” or “seize the day." The great athletes that win the big games are not necessarily the greatest talents, but they know how to seize the moments of great opportunity and win. God has called us to be that kind of Christian; Christians who use our time wisely and seize the moments when those narrow windows of great opportunity come our way. The wise use of time and timing will determine the success of our lives and eternity. One day, we are going to give an account to our LORD for how we spent our time.

Have you ever been to a cemetery and noticed the names on the marker and underneath it gives two dates with a dash between them?  Every single body in that cemetery has that dash. It matters not if they were young or old, rich or poor, famous or lived in anonymity; their lives are represented by that dash. That dash can represent 1 day to over 100 years, depending on the length of their individual lives. That dash represents time; what they did or did not do with it. What will the dash at your gravesite represent about your life when you die?  Make your “dash” count!