I was listening to an interview from a well-known author. He was talking about his books, one of his books was called One More Day. It was about being able to spend one more day with someone you loved who is now gone. When asked why the subject of that book, he said that after he wrote a previous book about people you see in heaven, the thing he heard most from the readers of his book was ‘if I could only have one more day with so and so.’
I could understand that because I have often thought ‘if I could have one more day with Jesse or Tanya, there is so much I would say.’ That time in my life has caused me to live differently in many ways…because now I understand the fleeting aspect of time. I understand how quickly time goes and that there is not always a tomorrow to say or do the things you want or need to do. Trust me, if you knew you only had one more day with a person, you would more than likely treat them different or say things you believe they must already know, like how important they are to you.
Time is a funny thing; it is the currency in the world we live in. In the Spirit realm, we pray and ask and receive by the currency of faith. Not so in this world, if we want to make changes in our life, our physical body or our business or ministry, it takes an investment of time.
A bit of time, half an hour or an hour, can change a life. You can take an hour and impact someone’s life for the better. You can take an hour and tell them that they are important and that God has a good plan for their life. Or you can take the same amount of time and destroy them with your words and actions. Whichever you choose, it takes time and you simply can’t get that time back.
Ephesians 5:15-16 says; So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.
This scripture is talking about using your time wisely. It is telling us to make the most of every moment of our time – one translation says REDEEMING THE TIME. To redeem means to buy back or to recover. Take a bit of your time each day to bring redemption to a person or a situation. That will be time well spent I can assure you.
Personally, there are people who have come across my path for a short season of time. Not long enough to make an impact, or so it would seem. However, to this day I often think of things, perhaps even one sentence that someone said to me and I now realize how their life, even in a short period of time, impacted my life for the better.
I have always loved what Kenneth Copeland says; one word can change your life. I know that to be true. I can’t count the number of times that a person, or God, has spoken one word to me or one short sentence to me and it has literally changed the way I see something. And when we change the way we see something, everything else around it changes. It’s often in the way we see things and if we can change the way we see something, everything else will come into focus correctly.
Redeeming the time – buying something back. Did you know you have the power to redeem a life by simply spending time with a person? It may be as simple as a phone call or an email. You can redeem their faith, their trust and their ability to believe by simply taking the time to minister to them. Time, well spent.
One more day. What would you do different if you only had one more day? What would you worry and fret about if you only had one more day? Who would you spend it with if you only had one more day?
I have said it before. I want a life with no more regrets, I have too many already. I want those who I love to know they are loved and appreciated. I want to use my time wisely, to be a wise steward of this gift God has given me; time.
That being said, I would like to say to you reading this today. Many days you cause me to search the word of God, search the face of God and spend time in prayer….you cause me to do that so that I can bring a fresh word to you. Through hard times, that alone has kept me searching the word – you are valuable to me. Each one of you are precious to me and a blessing in my life and I want to make sure you know that today. Thank you for being a part of this ministry, thank you for being a part of my life. My cup does truly runneth over.