Here we are at the end of May.
Wasn’t it just Easter and Christmas? If one thing has been true about the pandemic, it is the sense that it has compacted time. I do the cooking for our family (a job I kind of love), and a year ago, I remember telling the kids that it felt like I was cooking dinner every six hours. It still feels that way some days. The days seem to be rapidly passing by.
When Christians think about time, one of the most helpful books of the Bible is Ecclesiastes. The author of that book, likely Solomon, set out to find the meaning of life. The most oft-quoted portion of Ecclesiastes is chapter three, the part about there being a time for everything.
If we read to the end of the book, we find these words in the closing chapter: The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his command-ments, for this is the whole duty of man. (12:13).
The days may indeed feel shorter. We may be busier and more stressed than we have been in quite a while. And something unexpected will most certainly come up to derail our plans. How we respond to all of that is critical. We all want to make the most of the time that is given us. For the Christian, how we spend our time ought to be in a way that honors and glorifies God.
How do we do that? According to the author of Ecclesiastes, it is by fearing God and keeping his commandments. That is pretty straightforward. And if we are not clear on what the commandments are, we need to start reading the scriptures to learn about them (hint: Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 6).
When we get to the end of our lives, and we are reflecting on how we’ve spent our days (provided we have the luxury of doing so), I wonder if we will say to ourselves things like, “Gee, I wish I watched more television,” or “I wish I spent more time cleaning the garage.” I highly doubt it.
None of us knows how much time we have. Therefore, we should spend our days wisely, and that begins with fearing God and living for God. If we do that, we will make the most of the days the Lord gives us, regardless of whether they are many or few.