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Keller: How will you spend your marbles?

Twelve years ago, the discussion in a small group was about wasted time. The question was: Are you guilty of continually wasting time? I think most people, if they are honest, will admit to wasting time.

Time is something that we can never recapture. We take it for granted and act as though we have an unlimited supply.

In my lifetime, I’ve been blessed and don’t have many regrets, but sometimes I reflect on all the time I wasted when my children were young.

What would I have done different? I would have given my family more quality time. I would have cut down on the time I spent away from home attending non­productive meetings and on the wasted time spent in barrooms participating in meaningless conversation. But all the things would have done differently really doesn’t matter now. That time is gone and lost forever. What matters now is how I spend the time I have left in this short lifetime.

What will my priorities be? Will I spend time on things that have no eternal value, or will I focus on leaving a legacy of integrity that my family and friends will remember?

God doesn’t promise us tomorrow, but commands us to live each day aware of opportunities in which we can be a witness for Christ.

One person in the group said that he heard a testimony about a man who, on his

50th birthday, made a decision not to waste any more time. He figured that if he lived to be 75, he would have 1,300 weeks to live. He went to the store and bought 1,300 marbles. He put them in a jar and as a reminder of the passing of time, took a marble out of the jar every Saturday and threw it away – gone forever.

I was impressed with the testimony. At that time, I was 73. Today at age 85, God is telling me I’m too old to play marbles and to just take one day at a time.

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084 or call (985) 652-8477.