Live today, plan for the future

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 6, 2013

I have an attractive watch that was given to me by my brother’s wife, Leatrice, after my brother’s death. Mark worked at Kaiser Aluminum, and the watch was a gift for 20 years of service. I enjoy wearing it, not only because it’s attractive with a little diamond, but it keeps time and gives the day and date.  
I’ve become so used to wearing it every day that even though the battery died two weeks ago, I still wear it. It stopped March 25 at 1:14 p.m.  
Recently, I was asked to speak to a group of employees who a week prior had a fellow worker that was killed in an automobile accident at a very young age. I shared the following scripture from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted.”
Evidently, there is a time for everything that takes place in a person’s life. The time for me to accept salvation was the second Sunday of October 1980. The time for me to be born was Sept. 21, 1934. One day it will be a time for me to die and meet my Maker.
Time is more valuable than money because time is irreplaceable.
I read the following in “Wings of Silver,” which was compiled by Jo Petty:
The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power to tell
Just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own;
Live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in tomorrow;
For the clock may then be still.
At that time, I will be held accountable for my life’s actions. Have I wasted many precious days not serving God? Yes, I have, but today I’ve decided to live like it’s the last day of my life but continue to plan like I’ll live forever. I’ve accepted the fact that I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that God holds the future.
I will greet today with love in my heart and focus on becoming the man that God wants me to be. I think it’s about time.
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