The end is near. That is the case whether or not it is our individual end or the end of all things. Whichever, the reality is, time is precious and it is fleeting. That is one of the reasons why it is precious. We’re so quick to recall that money is precious, and so it is, but money, once lost, can be recuperated. Time, however, once it is gone, it is gone.*
New years and birthdays always cause me to consider the fleeting nature of time and the briefness of life. How then should we proceed in light of the tick tick tick of the clock and the seemingly constant trashing of old calendars?
In the Bible Peter says, reflecting on the end, that we should “love each other deeply” (1 Peter 4:8). He says we should “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” He says we should use whatever gift we have received to serve others. We should be faithful managers of all the good gifts God’s given us.
May we consider the approaching end, and may we heed Peter’s words!
*That’s one of the reasons I made these items.