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Blessed and Highly Favored

I have a friend who answers the question, “How are you doing?”, with “Blessed and highly favored.”  Each time he says it with a smile, I know that he is and that he is reminding all he greets that know Jesus, so are we.  When we are asked to enumerate our blessings, how many times have you heard anyone say, “I am grateful for the time the LORD has given to me?”

We would not have any of the other blessings of life without the time we are given daily.  At any moment, should we die, then none of the earthly blessings we so often list would matter since the “time” we were given on earth has ended. The most precious gift we have is today.  It is divided into smaller units for us to manage more effectively.  Morning, afternoon, evening, and night are the large segments.  Then, each of those is sub-divided into hours, minutes, and seconds.  We all are given the same amount each day.  The variable is what we do with what we are given and how many years we are granted to use our time on the earth.  We need to use it wisely. Once it is spent, it cannot be regained.

Let’s pretend that your banker phoned you late last Friday and said he had some very good news. He told you that an anonymous donor who loves you very much has decided to deposit 86,400 pennies into your account each morning, starting the following Monday morning. That’s $864 a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year.

He adds, “But there’s one stipulation; you must spend all that money that same day. No balance will be carried over to the next day.  Each evening the bank must cancel whatever sum you failed to use.”

With a big smile, you thank your banker and hang up. Over that weekend you have time to plan. You grab a pencil and start figuring; $864 times seven equals over $6,000 a week times fifty-two. That’s almost $315,000 a year that you have available to you if you’re diligent to spend it all each day. Remember, whatever you don’t spend is forfeited.

Now let’s play “Let’s Get Serious.”  Every morning Someone who loves you very much deposits into your bank of time 86,400 seconds of time—which represent 1,440 minutes—which, of course, equal twenty-four hours each day.

Now you’ve got to remember the same stipulation applies, because God gives you this amount of time for you to use each day. Nothing is ever carried over on credit to the next day. There is no such thing as a twenty-six-hour day (though some of us wish there were). From today’s dawn until tomorrow’s dawn, you have a precisely determined amount of time. As someone has put it, “Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you want to, but you can spend it only once.”  (Copied).

Ephesians 5:15-17 So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.