Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away…”
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2, 4, 6 (NIV)
The wisdom of Solomon.
But Solomon never had it ultimately and eternally right until he neared the end of his life.
As a result, Solomon had to face the truth that he missed too much of the real life God intended for him to live.
I wonder if you noticed the date above.
Think about that date for a moment—already one-third of this year is in the books.
While many of us are still recovering from a 2021 year which blew by seeming like a blur in our thoughts and lives.
A blur of time filled with mountaintops and valleys. Filled with our share of joys, and upon reflection, maybe more than our share of heartaches.
But a time now gone by, while the hands on the clock of this present year seem to be moving faster than those of last year.
A year already filled with the lift of joys, mixed with the occasional weight of heartaches.
What will we do with the rest of the days we get to live in this year before us?
What will be the difference in the world and the lives around us because we were here, regardless of the speed of the hands on the clock as the gifts of each day of this year unfold for us?
The late Glenn Frey, co-founder of the iconic musical group, the Eagles, had written a line in one of their songs entitled “River of Dreams” which read—
“People don’t run out of dreams, people run out of time.”
What will you and I do with the lives, dreams, gifts, abilities, platforms and opportunities we will have to change the world for the better—before we run out of time?
When we stand before God one day, and He looks back over the string of days of our lives—what will He see?
Lives lived as He created and intended for them to be—making an eternal difference in the lives of others.
Or something else.
Lives which served and lifted everyone entrusted to us and everyone who came before us.
Or lives which expected to be served by others.
Will He see the legacy of a life which lifted the lives of others around them so they could see the rainbow just beyond the rain showers in their life?
Or will He see something else.
Solomon finally got it.
Living a life for and with God, for others—with the gift of our life.
And in the time we all have left before us.
In His Name–Scott