Time- precious, fleeting, uncertain… All of us go through twenty four hours of it every day, sixty minutes in every hour, sixty seconds in every minute. That’s 1440 minutes and 86,400 seconds in every day. That sounds like a lot, but it goes by so quickly that it’s gone almost before you know it.
After the death of king Solomon, Israel split into two nations. The bulk of the ten northern tribes continued to be referred to as Israel in scripture. The two tribes to the south became known as Judah , taking the name of the largest of those tribes ( 1 Kgs. 12 ).
We celebrate Father’s Day every third Sunday in June. The intent is to honor fathers for the important role they play in raising their children. It’s touching, heart warming to see families gather at restaurants to treat Dad to a meal and to say “We love you, Dad, and thanks for a job well done.” The kids have little idea just how much that small gesture means to their father.
Many people feel that they’ve lived such a sinful life that they cannot be saved. They’re just too bad to be forgiven. They’re beyond redemption, without hope. But, is that what the scriptures actually teach?
Some time back I read an article encouraging people to “seize the moment.” The idea behind the statement is to do good things as opportunities present themselves; don’t put them off until some supposed better time. It could be simple, little pleasures or more important, more profound opportunities. The point is, we commonly put things off until a more ideal time, and we often end up losing the moment, the opportunity and the experience. How many joys are missed and pleasures not enjoyed simply because we thought we couldn’t do something right then?
Gary L. Hutchens