Monthly Archives: July 2015

86,400 Seconds…1440 Hours

ddYeah gotta start
Looking at the hands of the time we’ve been given here
This is all we got then we gotta start thinkin’ it
Every second counts on a clock that’s tickin’
Gotta live like we’re dying oh

We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or to throw it all away
Gotta tell ’em that we love ’em while we got the chance to say…

This song made popular by Kris Allen, winner of American Idol speaks to the brevity of life.  I was tasked with teaching the youth group lesson this week at my church and came across the idea of priorities and time management.  As I was reading and thinking through the lesson, the theme of “life is short, live it to the fullest” kept coming out.  That led the ADD brain to the lyrics of this song.  While I am pretty sure the artist wasn’t writing this to the benefit of the Christian, it still holds some great advice.  We are only here for a short time. “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14 NIV).  God doesn’t give us the exact number of days we’ll walk on this earth and because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we have to focus on what we can do today.  That doesn’t mean we don’t plan and prepare for the future, but what about this days 86,400 seconds.   How will you live today?  As a Christian, I have been given but one job.  Yeah, it’s pretty cool.  God wants me to spend each day studying and feasting on his word, feeding the Holy Spirit that lives in me, growing and becoming more like him.  But my only “job” is to tell others about him and about his free gift of salvation.  So, while the song doesn’t necessarily speak to the great commission, it is a great reminder that I need to tell everyone I can, while I still have the chance to do it, that God loves ’em and sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for their sins so that they can have eternal life with him in Heaven one day.  Don’t waste a second of each day you are given, worrying about what tomorrow will bring, or what you messed up on yesterday.  Instead, thank God each day he has filled you with life and look for ways to serve him by sharing his love in word and deed.

Father, today I ask that you help me realize you have a purpose for my life, and you don’t want me to waste the days, minutes, seconds you have given me worrying about this or that.  You will provide and you will use me.  Your promises are real and I love you Lord.  Help me to spend my time wisely and with purpose serving you.  Amen!

Other Reading: Psalm 90:12; Ephesians 5:15-17