February 10, 2017 Brethren Letter

Dear Brethren,

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

As we realize, the measuring of time is the same for everyone. C.S. Lewis stated, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” Since time is measured identically for all, the important thing we need to focus on is how we’re using our time through the day. Is it invested wisely or unwisely?

We are instructed in Ephesians 5:16 to be “redeeming [The Greek word means to “rescue from loss”] the time, because the days are evil.” We are to rescue the time from being lost, every day! Probably all of us feel we don’t accomplish everything we wanted. It often seems that the day just begins and it’s over before we know it. Clearly, situations arise that are beyond our control, but too often we just simply haven’t planned our time wisely. We’re admonished in the book of Ecclesiastes to apply ourselves wholeheartedly in our goals. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

If you had to give up time allotted for one activity to devote to another activity, which would you choose? Would you give up time intended for God in prayer for the day, or would you give up something else that wasn’t as important? I tell you, Satan the Devil would prefer you give up your time spent with God. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:6-8).

Brethren, it’s vital that we set right priorities each day. God has promised us the Kingdom of God if we do. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Again, time is the same for everyone. It is twenty-four hours long. But, how we use that time spiritually, will determine our future as well. I’m will end with a short illustration found in A Treasury of Bible Illustrations. I felt it gave a good example of the importance of “TIME” and the need to use it WISELY.

Wealth of Time

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried over no balance from day to day, and allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent, of course.

Well, you have such a bank, and its name is “Time.” Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balances. It allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow. You must live in the present—on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

Please have a wonderful Sabbath, everyone!

Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ,

Gary Liebold

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