The older I get, the more I realize how precious time is. Too many of us have wasted precious time on things that have no value and on people who do not care or will not change. There are a number of things we can get back if they are lost, but time is not one of them. Once it's gone, there is no coming back! Knowing this, shouldn't we make the most of the time we have been given?
I recall the morning my husband looked in the mirror and asked, "Where did this old guy come from?" We both laughed, but thought, “Where did the time go?” Like money, time often slips away. If you had the ability to do things over again, what would you change? How would you spend your time?
The book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon, son of David. He was once considered the wisest man of his day. Solomon made poor choices during his later years, and the book of Ecclesiastes seems to be a reflection of how he viewed life. This self-proclaimed preacher seems more like a philosopher on a quest to find out what life is all about.
Many have asked the question, "What are we here for?" Solomon realizes his time on this earth is coming to an end; so he reflects on life, it's meaning, and the time we are given on this earth. In chapter three Solomon tells us that there is a time and a season for everything under the sun. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a purpose and a plan for our lives, and those purposes and plans will occur at God's appointed time. Regardless to what you may be experiencing or the season you are currently in, remember that it's all part of God's overall plan. Yes, even some of the things that may cause us pain. God will use even those things to work out for our good. (Romans 8:28)
The preacher comes to the conclusion that life without God is MEANINGLESS, VAIN, EMPTY, A GRASPING OF THE WIND. Sisters and brothers, we don't have time to waste. We've all been allotted only a certain amount of it. Let's use it to the glory of God!
Happy New Year from the Daughters of Zion Women's Ministries!
Elder Shirley Freeman, Founder