A young Marine was leaning against the side of his tank early one morning during the Korean War. He was eating cold beans from a can with his penknife. It was cold and foggy and the silence was frightening.
A reporter, aware of the impending battle softly asked, "If I were God and could give you anything you wanted, what would ask for?"
After a lengthy pause, he answered, "Today!"
All that any of us have is today. Few of us, however, realize the importance of each day that God gives us.
The Psalmist said, "Teach us to make the most of our time..." Time is a gift and we must be aware of each tick of the clock and moment of the day. Once gone, time can never be reclaimed or recycled. What we have done with it becomes a part of history.
Realizing the significance of time and the uncertainties of life should help us put our priorities in order. The first is our relationship with God. Is it all that it can be? Second, is our responsibility to others. Is there someone, somewhere who needs God's message? And, finally, do I need to make things right with others?
Prayer: Lord, may we see the value of time in light of eternity and use it wisely to Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture: Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.