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The time is short – here’s how short

When Billy Graham spoke to our Wheaton College chapel over 30 years ago, his sermon title was “The Time Is Short.” At lunch today, my friend said, “We have maybe 20 years of productive life left. What are we going to do with it?”   This clock helps make that reality visible. What conclusio…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
When Billy Graham spoke to our Wheaton College chapel over 30 years ago, his sermon title was “The Time Is Short.” At lunch today, my friend said, “We have maybe 20 years of productive life left. What are we going to do with it?”
 
This clock helps make that reality visible. What conclusions come to mind as you look at it? If God gives you a thought or a challenge, please share it with us.

Comments (5)

  • Thanks Seth for the reminder. The verse that struck me was “Teach us to number our days so we may acquire wisdom”….Beyond that principle we need “focus” in our ministry efforts. Not every “need” is a “call” to personal action. We must discern where God wants us uniquely.

  • I cannot agree less with Butch Seth. FOCUS is key at this dying minutes. I had a dream about Rapture on 6th October. The time indeed is extremely short. May God find us faithful at our duty posts. Amen.

  • I spent today at a memorial service for a man who spent his life in another country, one many would not go, serving and showing love who was recently killed.

    It was a beautiful service and what stuck out to me most was how much he LOVED. Life, people, adventures, God, he just loved with complete abandon.

    This post was timely and a reminder to go out and live a life of love, you never know when it might be over.

  • I love that Emmanuel called you Daddy Seth…that just blesses my heart this morning. I have “baby birds,” too, as I call them…many of them formerly spent time here in the Dragonfly House. What a privilege to “mother” and “father” other young people who are not our own progeny!

    As far as your post:
    I have known for four years, that my time is short, regardless of anyone else’s. I have vision of just how short. Some may doubt this, but many of the canonized Saints of the Catholic church had vision of their years left on earth…some were given the exact date of their departure and to no one’s surprise, their prediction was right on the money!

    So, I take this vision of the shortness of my time seriously. As I think we all should. Because along with my own personal vision, the Lord speaks of how short all of our time is.

    Why would I be given this sense…why would any of us be given this sense of the shortness of time? For one reason only: As Butch said: To focus!
    Focus as a camera lens does…on the key element in the picture. And, that includes every picture presented to our senses and minds every day of our lives.

    Along with focus, all must be viewed through the filter of the Trinity.
    Not just God, the Father.
    Not just Jesus.
    Not just the Holy Spirit.
    But, the Trinity.
    The wholeness of the God-head.
    Few Christians seem to embrace that…and their thinking and theology becomes unbalanced, as a result.

    Well, I seem to ramble on…my mind is working that way this morning.
    I am full of thoughts and pondering in these pre-dawn hours.

    Blessings to all!
    Let us support each other in our quest to focus on what’s important in these quickly passing days on earth!
    Judith

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