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June 26, 2017
Inspirational Message
by Dave Collings, Lead Pastor

Most of my life, I have been fascinated by stories about excavations of lost cultures and fossilized remains of ancient worlds. I recently watched a program about the formation of the North American continent. Major geological sites like the Great Lakes and Grand Canyon all tell the long story narrated in the anthem, America the Beautiful, which describes the “purple mountain majesty,” “fruited plain” and natural wonders “from sea to shining sea.” By the end of the documentary, I recognized that great things truly require time to form.

Thinking about such things gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own lives. I would ask, “Are we using our time to produce greatness? Or do we permit our days to slip by in a stupor of mediocrity?” If we use our time wisely, a lifetime is long enough to accomplish great things. A millennium wasted is not enough time for anything more than subpar achievement.

I am surprised to find that the English Bible uses the word “time” on 599 occasions. For this word to appear so frequently, God must want us to see time from His perspective:

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

From this Scripture, I understand that God has provided the time I need for everything He wants me to do. So I must accept responsibility to use my time wisely and create the great life He envisioned for me.

Carpe diem!