March 29 Grown Up Conversations

Now is All You Have

Today is all we have. Many times, we are deceived with the concept of time. Dr. Leslie Weatherhead an English Christian minister calculated the average length of a life using the hours of the day to show the importance of accepting the fact that time waits on no one.   

He came up with this simple way of looking at our age vs time.

If your age is 15, the time is 10:25 a.m.

If your age is 20, the time is 11:34 a.m.

If your age is 25, the time is 12:42 p.m

If you’re 30, the time is 1:51p.m.

If you’re 35, the time is 3:00 p.m.

If you’re 40 the time is 4:08 p.m.

At age 45, the time is 5:15 p.m.

If you’re 50, the time is 6:25 p.m.

By age 55, the time is 7:24 p.m.

If you’re 60, the time is 8:42 p.m.

If you’re 65, the time is 9:51 p.m.

And if you’re 70 the time is 11 p.m.

The End

Dr. Leslie Weatherhead was on to something that should make all of us stop and do some internal reflections. Once you have lost time at any age you cannot get it back.

We must make time for what is really important to us. Life is a gift, and we will be held accountable for how we invest in this gift. The age clock doesn’t stop whether you use it or not.

The way we spend our time explains who we are. Tomorrow is never guaranteed so it’s important for all of us to find our purpose for waking up every day. We must relentlessly get to the goalpost within our designated time. Some folks wait until it’s too late and the time for that season has expired leaving them exposed with nothing worthy to show.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 says, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of adversity come and the years approach of which you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.”

There are only two times in life – now or when it’s too late. A lack of knowledge makes some folks go to bed thinking that later in their golden years they will make a commitment to do this and that. They will not even bow their head and say a prayer.

It’s risky to assume that God will give anyone the gift of tomorrow. No one is promised good health, long life, sound mind, or freedom of choice.

In the blink of eye at any stage in life everything can change. We may never have the ability to do those things we put on our tomorrow’s list.

James 4:13-15 says, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit. You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.”

Discipline is more important than waiting to be motivated to do what is important. Time waits on no one. If you want to live a happy life tie it to something that has eternal life, not people or material stuff.

PRAYER TIME: Father, thank you for today. You did not promise us tomorrow so help us to love you more and more each day. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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