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For a while now, the most precious commodity to me has been… time.

It’s almost surreal because I feel time passing by me like a wind, and there’s nothing I can do about it except to notice the traces it leaves behind on my face.

I don’t mind the wrinkles, but there is a definite sense of urgency they leave in my heart.

Maybe it’s a fear that I wake up one morning & find myself drowning in regrets.

According to Psalm 90:10, I have gone pass the half way mark in my life. It explains, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”

One thought that I cannot escape from is, “Would the latter half of my life exemplify Christ who has laid down everything to love & save me?” It must. Although we can blame our immaturity & ignorance for the earlier period, now we can’t.

Because now:

  • We know too much.
  • Our eyes are opened.
  • Christ has come & ascended.
  • Too much has been invested in us.

I have to confess that the road that led me to this moment in my life has often been paved with shortsightedness. But what I desire more than ever is to have the eyes of my heart fixated on what will last. It is only then that we will see our time & life as being precious.

Our individual life is truly precious, not because we are anyone special. We are not. I’m a dime a dozen. But still my life is precious because:

What we believe to be “my life” isn’t ours. It belongs to God. We are merely stewards of what He has entrusted to us.

This was a long time ago, but the seminary that I attended was located in a very affluent neighborhood in Chicago area, and in that same town there were quite a few professional athletes.

One of them was Michael Jordan. So some of us seminarians would drive by his house hoping to get a glimpse of the basketball legend, but all we saw every time was only the humongous gate with the number “23.” But the funny thing was we continued to visit that gate simply because it belonged to Michael Jordan, and it became much more than just a gate.

If this life belongs only to me, then it will just be one out of 7 billion, but if it belongs to God, then it becomes significant, purposeful & precious because it’s His life entrusted to me.

It is also precious because we only get one shot at it. We only have one life. Only one.

Having more than one is a luxury we all desire. We like having at least a back up, if not abundance. But the paradox of life & even the law of economics reveal that when there is more than one, they lose their value. Jesus is precious to us because He’s the only Savior we have. God commands monogamy because that is when we will truly love, value & treasure our spouse. God gave us one life, and it’s a fragile life at that, so that we will treat it wisely & preciously, and use it gloriously.

Recently, we celebrated my 2nd child’s birthday, and because we are in transition to move to Southeast Asia, we had a very simple birthday party for her. We had a birthday dinner, a birthday fruit pizza & just one gift, which cost me only $6.99. Very different than what she’s used to, but by grace of God she was understanding. Not only that, she loved her gift, and she uses it almost every day. That one gift has become precious to her.

As I have mentioned earlier, time/life is precious because it passes us by too quickly. We are “but a breath (Ps. 39:5),” or “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14).”

One thing that I do not desire for me or for anyone else is that we will spend our later years reminiscing only about our youthful days & past triumphs. No, I do not desire that. Instead what I want is for all of us to continue to rejoice, labor & hope for our glorious future with the One who sees us as His precious children. If that is who we are, each day He gives is indeed precious.

How would you spend this day?