Falling Back; Strength for the Moment


By Chris Blevins

Guest Columnist

This Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 a.m., we set our clocks back one hour and thus end 2015 Daylight Savings Time. While most of us enjoy the extra hour of sleep we gain we dread the days of darkness finding us at 5:00 p.m.

Where did the long days of summer go? Wasn’t it just yesterday we celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, hot dogs, ice cream and watermelon?? In three weeks we will be sitting around a table with family feasting on turkey, ham, pumpkin pie and football! Yes, football. Being a Dallas Cowboy fan has always made Thanksgiving just a little more enjoyable or regrettable, according to the final score. But I digress.

Steve Jobs said “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple, was worth at least eleven billion dollars in 2011 when he died way too soon. It is amazing that one of the richest men in America considered time as his most precious resource.

Time is the one thing we cannot purchase. Once it is gone it cannot be reclaimed. It is amazing how the most precious resource we have been given is the one resource we most waste. We spend it carelessly at times then dream of days gone by. None of us are immune. As I stated above July the fourth until today is a blur for me and I know I am not the only one.

Ephesians 5:15-16 states “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Time that is gone is gone. It cannot be recovered. However, Scripture teaches us that we can “redeem” the time.

Maybe you, as I, feel as though you have wasted some time and know you have some gas left in the tank. Redeem your time. Make it count double. Not only work for Christ harder but live. Live like there is no tomorrow. Hug your family, spend time with your children, kiss your spouse then watch the sun rise and set. Walk in the ocean with your bare feet while the salty wind blows thru your hair. Fly a kite. Climb a tree. Ride a bike. Live. We will never get yesterday back. We are not promised tomorrow. But we have today.

This Sunday morning we get an extra hour. Let’s spend it wisely.

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