by Pastor Gene
There’s a real danger in moving through life too fast. When we do, we miss people that God wants us to see. We miss the blessings He’s given us to enjoy this very day. And, sadly, by the time we realize what we’ve missed, it’s often too late.
Someone sent me a meme a while back that showed a picture of a bench. And it asked the question: ‘If you could spend 30 minutes on this bench with anyone who’s ever lived, who would it be?’ I was fascinated by that question. I think there’s a tendency for us to spiritualize the answer and say, ‘Jesus,’ or ‘Paul,’ or some other biblical figure. But for many of us, we’d probably choose someone who we love and who is no longer with us. For me it might be my dad. I think I’d like to show him pictures of my grandchildren – his great-grandchildren – and tell him that me, my brother and sister turned out OK.
It’s an interesting thing to think about, right? As I did, I found myself considering all the times I missed when I could have shared a bench with my dad. I could have talked to him about anything, enjoyed his company. But I was moving through life pretty fast back then. Too fast, in retrospect. And as we’re flying through life in a blaze of speed, we always kind of assume that there’ll always be tomorrow. But that’s simply not true. In fact, the Bible calls such ‘boasting about tomorrow’ evil.
Proverbs 27:1 warns: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, and God wants us to live our lives mindful of that truth. James said much the same thing. “Come now,” he wrote, “you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ – 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. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil” (James 4:13-17).
Besides that, I think we have to be honest and admit that as we fly through the day at the speed of life, one Person who we often neglect is the Lord Jesus himself, who desperately desires our fellowship! He wants us to “walk in the light as He is in the light” so that we might “have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7).
- How would you answer the ‘bench’ question? Who would you share it with? Why, over everyone else, would you choose that person?
- Who might you share a bench with now, while you’re still able to do so? Be honest: has traveling at the ‘speed of life’ left you neglecting anyone?
- Has life kept you too busy to prioritize your fellowship with Jesus? To sit at His feet and listen – what Jesus called the one “necessary” thing? Revisit the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42. Do you remember Jesus’ words to busy Martha? He said, “You are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.” Indeed, many things may be important, but only one thing is absolutely essential: sitting at the Savior’s feet and listening to Him.
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