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Summary: What Will We Do With Time Given To Us In 2005?

This is the Time

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INTRODUCTION:

The year 2004 draws to a close. People will tune into their TV or radio, or they will read in magazines and newspapers the events that shaped the last year. You will also find the experts making predictions about the year set before us. These pundits have been trying to forecast the future for years. For instance in 1967 experts predicted that by the turn of the century technology would have taken over much of our lives. (Now if you stop there you would say the experts were right; we do live in a technologically advanced society.) However these same experts said that with all the advancements in technology, the average American work week would be only 22 hours long, and we would work only 27 weeks each year. Our biggest problem in the new millennium would be deciding what to do with all of our free time! (I don’t know, maybe I’m the only one who still hasn’t figured out how to let technology set me free from the drudgery of a 40 hour or more work week?)

Most of us would agree that we are busier today than at any other time in history. Instead of having free time our calendars and palm pilots are filled with activity. Everything happens at a fast pace. We’re always in a hurry. We talk fast, walk fast and eat fast. Am I the only one who would like to get off the tread mill of life and slow down?

How will we fare in 2005? Will we find ourselves six months from now wondering what happened to January? What will we do with the 365 days allotted to 2005—how will we fill the 8,760 hours that make up the next year?

When 2005 draws to a close will we look back with joy or regret? Will we look forward with anticipation or fear?

Let’s pause for a moment and remember the only time we have to live is the present. We cannot go back and relive the mistakes of yesterday, nor can we jump into the future to see what tomorrow holds. THIS IS THE TIME! What will we do with the time given to us day by day in 2005?

• Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)

[15] Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, [16] making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. [17] Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

• (The Message Bible)

[15] So watch your step. Use your head. [16] Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! [17] Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.

1. Use your time wisely.

Notice again what Paul says in verse 15: “Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise—watch your step. Use your head.” Paul underscores this thought again in verse 17 saying, “do not be foolish—don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly.”

Why should we use our time wisely? Why not just live our lives carefree and easygoing? Couldn’t we just relax and live life as it comes?

Paul tells us bluntly, “The days are evil—these are desperate times!” The young preacher Timothy is given a similar warning.

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