Published January 12, 2016

Shelia Shares

Just before New Year's, I was channel surfing and stumbled on a show about saving time. With resolutions in mind, I thought saving time might be a good resolution, so I stayed tuned long enough to hear some highlights of the show.

One lady saved time by shaving her legs in her pool. All I could think was "gross!" Would you want to swim in that pool?

Another lady put her dirty pots and pans in her shower. By the time she finished her shower, her dishes were clean. Wouldn't you like to be a guest around that table using those dishes?

Another guy put all his food in a blender/food processor. By not taking time to chew, he saved hours every week. Can you imagine choosing a life without chewing any food?

For the few minutes that I watched the program, my question was, "For what were the people saving time?" It was not to invite people to enjoy their pool or food around their table. What was this extra time to accomplish? I can't answer that question and, for the life of me, I don't know what they were thinking.

Each of us has only a limited amount of time on this earth. We can choose what we do with each year, month, day, hour, minute and second. In fact, we make those choices every day ... often without even thinking about it.

Where does God fit into the time you are given? Does He get leftover minutes or even leftover seconds? Do you deliberately schedule time for God?

When you get up in the morning is God your first thought? Do you get out of bed with a prayer in your heart and on your lips? Do you listen to Him as you read your Bible? Do you speak with Him as you make morning choices that affect the rest of your day?

Whether Jesus comes back to earth again while you are alive or whether your time on earth is done and you die, someday time will end for you on this earth. Are you ready for that day? Have you spent the time you are given wisely?

Have you accepted the forgiveness that Jesus provided on the cross? Have you asked forgiveness for your sins? No one is good enough that they don't need forgiveness. No one is bad enough that they can't be forgiven. It is a choice to accept forgiveness and one that will make a difference for eternity.

Having sang with Mercy's Mark and then serving as music director at his church, Josh Feemster is now tenor with Legacy Five. Josh remembered going to the altar when he was nine years old. He had been baptized and joined the church. He told us that recently Pastor Bailey Smith had come to his church and given his "Wheat and Tares" message. Josh remembered that he had gone to the altar when he was nine, but, he realized he had never prayed to ask for forgiveness and to accept Jesus into his life He recently did that and now he knows all is well.

I would guess there are others reading this who have lived a good life. People would believe all is well spiritually. You have all the outward signs of a Godly life. The question is whether you have taken that most important step. Have you asked forgiveness and accepted the Lordship of Jesus Christ? Think long and hard about that. It really is the basis of your eternity. "Jesus saves" is not just a nice phrase. It is an eternal truth. Is it applied to your life?

We are each given a limited amount of minutes on this earth. Be sure you have used some of those minutes for this most important decision. You were created in God's image and He counts you worthy of His forgiveness and redemption. He's not pushy. It is up to you to take action.

- Shelia

Note:  Paul's column and Shelia's column were written independently, but, interestingly, are very parallel in the underlying purpose. We were both present for Josh's interview.

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