It’s hard to imagine that there is just one month left in the year. The year seems to have gone by so fast, as it always does. First, it’s June and the next thing you know we are carving a turkey and getting our holiday shopping done.
Older parents will understand this especially. They will tell you that it seems like yesterday when their children were small and running around. Then came high school, college, weddings, and grandkids. We are left wondering, “where has the time gone?”
The Scriptures speak of this concept in regard to our life span. James uses the expression, “like a vapor that appears for a while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). In Job, life is compared to a weaver’s shutter that goes back and forth through the loom (Job 7:9). Fast. Rapid. Flying by.
These things bring up some important lessons.
First, the good we need to do needs to be done. Remember the visit to the nursing home you were going to make? How about the family you were going to invite over? The card you were going to send? We get busy. We get sidetracked. We get interrupted. Things happen. Those good ideas get put on the back burner and somehow, they don’t get done. Make a list of the things you want to do for others, and then actually start doing them! Check them off the list as you go.
Second, a lifetime is made up of individual days. Days become weeks, which turn into months, then years, then a lifetime. Each of us are building a lifetime one day at a time. Are you where you want to be spiritually? Are you growing? Are you walking in righteousness? Are there habits that you need to stop and others you need to start? When are you going to do it?
It’s not too late to do the things you’ve been putting off. You still have time to do great things this year. Let us “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24) and finish out the year on a strong note.