Published June 20, 2017
Last week's news that a deranged man fired a volley of rifle shots at several congressmen who had gathered for baseball practice wounding several included at least one very interesting side note.
Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) posted that, although he had played in the Congressional Charity Baseball Game each of the past two years, he had, this time, missed his ride to the practice. He had arrived at the departure site just two minutes late. The car pool was already gone, having left exactly at the designated hour.
He was just two minutes late! Had Rep. Costello been on time, he would have soon found himself in the midst of the gunfire and, who knows, he could have been gunned down, too.
Two minutes! What is the value of two minutes? I think Rep. Costello could testify that just two minutes clearly could be life-changing.
That reminded me of this list I saw some time ago:
- To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed his exam and has to repeat a grade.
- To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a pre-mature baby.
- To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper. (Or your preacher.)
- To realize the value of one day, ask a daily wage laborer who has eight kids to feed.
- To realize the value of one hour, ask someone who is on his deathbed.
- To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who has missed the train.
- To realize the value of one second, ask a person who has survived an accident.
- To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who has won a silver medal in Olympics.
The lesson here? Treasure every moment that the Lord graciously grants you. Every moment!
Bill & Gloria Gaither some years ago put it this way in song:
We have this moment to hold in our hands
And to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand.
Yesterday's gone and tomorrow may never come.
But we have this moment today.*
The media called Rep. Costello's tardiness "serendipitous." Perhaps. But I tend to think of such occurrences as something more than mere chance. Perhaps God isn't finished with this Presbyterian congressman yet and spared him for whatever work He still has for him to do. (Rep. Costello did say he was now heavily engaged in praying for his wounded colleagues.)
Each of us is given a great gift every morning an entire new day to live for the Lord and to serve Him. With His help and guidance, let's be sure to make the most of it especially because, as the song reminds us regarding the uncertainty of this life, "tomorrow may never come."
*Chorus from "We Have This Moment Today," Wm. & Gloria Gaither, Hanna Street Music ASCAP, 1975.
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