There has to be a point in everyone's life where they review what they have been through and where they are heading. When I say "a point" I really mean several. How often do we hear the term "blink and you'll miss it"? Or when parents refer to their children "when did you grow up so fast?".
It is so true.
The Bible refers to life as a "vapour", here for a moment and then blown away in the breeze. If it's common knowledge, how is it that people manage to be surprised so often by the speed of time? The truth it is not the speed of time that surprises them but rather the magnitude of what they have missed out in life. They haven't actually missed out, but don't have the memory capacity to remember the experiences that they have lived only weeks, months, years ago.
The question needs to be asked, how present (mentally, emotionally, spiritually) are we really in the present (physical timeframe).
In retrospect, it's hard to not feel some degree of remorse in the fact that we may have wasted time or an opportunity of even the smallest nature. But this only spurs me on to further know the bearings in which our course is set. I do not desire to waste what has been given to us, rather be wise stewards of every resource.
I look back and think of the many things that I will do differently in the coming 12 months. It's so important to engage with the dialogue of the past, not to govern one's future but rather allow Christ to impart further wisdom into the every day moments that we will be unable to recall 6 months from now.
My challenge to you is 1) take some time to speak to the God who lives outside of time, reflect on the past and allow His Spirit to communicate life and wisdom.
2) Know the direction that God is directing you. Have you allowed God to direct your paths at all? Or (like I often find myself) do you follow the tip of your nose? Walking and going wherever your senses take you? Set aside time to enjoy His presence and ask God to show you His ways and direct your path.
If everything you do is focused around seeing the will of God come to pass in your life and those around you, how can it be a waste? Take the time to review.
Senior Pastor at Eternity Church.