I was standing in line at Walmart this week, and while waiting, I struck up a conversation with the guy behind me about time — more specifically — the amount of time it was taking to get through the line. Seems like I always get in the slow line or the person in front of me has more than 15 items. Anyway, he told me how old he was and I told him I could “cover his age” with mine (I was older than he was) and I could not believe how quickly time had flown by.
I mean, it seems just like yesterday that I was still in grade school, anxious to get home from school so I could run over to my best friend’s house (hello, Tom McElhatten) and shoot baskets in his driveway. We shot basketballs for hours upon hours. We even played in the rain when his driveway was muddy and, Steve, Tom’s older brother, would open the door and yell at us to not get any mud on the garage door. Those were the days.
I knew it was time to go home when the sun went down. And that rule was not up for discussion. When I got home, I would wash my hands, and find my place at the dinner table where our family would eat dinner and share our day. Then, it was time for homework, a little TV time and then off to bed. My bedroom was at the far end of the house and when I could, I would open the windows so I could listen to the crickets and tree frogs sing their song to me as I drifted off to sleep. Those were the days.
Today is totally a different day and a different world than it was when many of us were younger. I have reached a significant birthday in my life (I’ve been able to sign up for Social Security — although I am still working) and now I look forward to watching my grandchildren play in their perspective sports and activities. Life is more hectic, busy and complicated than it was “back then” and I cannot believe that I am the age that I am.
I told the guy I was talking to that some days I live life like I am 20, but the next day I have to pay for it and I feel a lot older than I am. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” they say and while I really am enjoying my life, I know there are not too many more times around the sun for me. My years are limited and no one is promised another day.
Why do I share about time and how quickly it has flown by? For the reason that I might ask of you, “Where will you spend your eternity when you draw your last breath?” I know, it’s a serious question. But it is one we all have to deal with. Because, if we don’t deal with it, one day it may be too late. It’s like the person who intended to buy life insurance next month and then dies in two weeks. They had good intentions, but they didn’t get the life insurance purchased and now their family has to deal with the costs of their final expenses.
You do have a choice as to where you will spend your eternity. Repent of your sins (turn away from them) and accept Jesus as your Savior (He paid for your salvation) and receive the free gift of eternal life which He offers to you. If you really want to spend your eternity in Heaven, I’d love to talk with you about it. A lot of people think they are going to Heaven, but not everyone who says “Lord, Lord…” will be there. That’s what Jesus said, not me.
So if you would like to know for certain that you are going to spend your eternity in Heaven (I. John 5:13) please reach out to me I can show you in 10 minutes how you can know.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
We’d love to have you and your family worship with us this Sunday. If you don’t have a home church, please check us out at 10:45 a.m. You will be glad you did.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.