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Wasted

The most precious item you have in your hands is “today”.  It has never been before.  It will never come again.  It is one of a kind.  You will not be this age, enjoy the good things of this day, be with people you love in exactly the same circumstances as you will be doing today.  Once it is passed, it is gone forever. What you do is recorded in God’s book of life.  Write well. The events, encounters, conversations, and deeds done are indelible and irreversible.

Wasting a day or even a part of a day is costly.  With those wasted minutes and hours are opportunities that may never come again.  We may waste money and get it back.  We may waste food and have more to eat later.  But, time wasted is irreplaceable.

There is no greater harm than that of time wasted. Michelangelo.  A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. Muhammad Ali.
Live, so you do not have to look back and say: ‘God, how I have wasted my life.’ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Scriptures remind us to live life well and fill the days with doing God’s will….

Ephesians 5:16-17  – Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  Proverbs 6:9-11 – How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed manPsalm 90:12 – So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. James 4:14 – Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

You and I have known people that realized late in life how much of life they wasted.  On several occasions, I have heard men that came to faith in Jesus later in life speak with a broken heart of how many years they lived in debauchery and rebellion against God.  In some of the cases, they lived zealously in their latter years hoping to repay God for his mercies in saving them from sin.  And, their passion for serving and living for Jesus was amazing.  The lives they inspired were numerous.

Not everyone that wasted life had the moment of conversion to reclaim lost years…

The gods had given me almost everything. But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease…Tired of being on the heights, I deliberately went to the depths in search for new sensation. What the paradox was to me in the sphere of thought, perversity became to me in the sphere of passion. I grew careless of the lives of others. I took pleasure where it pleased me and passed on. I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber, one has some day to cry aloud from the house-top. I ceased to be lord over myself. I was no longer the captain of my soul and did not know it. I allowed pleasure to dominate me. I ended in horrible disgrace.  (Oscar Wilde, quoted by Wm. Barclay, Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, p. 100).