Quarantine Week 4: Or How To Spend Your Time Wisely

Well, greetings to you all! Today is Tuesday. I know that because that’s what the calendar in the lower right hand corner of my computer says. Also, I’ll be having tacos today. Other than that reassuring piece of information, I know that today ends in “y” …

It’s my fourth week of working from home, which initially meant sharing a house with my chill dog – but which has now turned into a freaking circus with two additional humans being confined to our humble abode, and weather that hasn’t exactly encouraged outdoor activities.

I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. Working from home, permanently on “don’t come into work” assignment, balancing household duties, trying to stay sane, still exercising and eating well, and avoiding going ballistic because all of your fun social outings, trips, and adventures are being hacked, torn asunder, and erased from the calendar!

Make no mistake, we are still incredibly fortunate: electricity, running water, the Internet (powering those work from home collaboration tools orrrr Netflix), grocery stores still packed with food, and our access to healthcare. And oh yeah, we still have transportation to and from these various locations as well as portable computer in our pocket. No, we aren’t doing that bad really at all…

With the advent of COVID, even churches have gone the virtual/social distance route. Our church has been sending out coordinated YouTubes of various songs, as well as a related sermon, on a weekly basis. Truly amazing what the power of the Internet can help create and distribute. Sunday we livestreamed a sermon from a friend’s church in Minden, NV (just down the road a bit), who were running socially-distanced skeleton crew to broadcast their service to the world. Really cool being able to hear and see and participate like we were there.

Here was the gist of the sermon: we do not have extra time – our time is limited and fading. For those who are saved, there is no cause for despair. For those who are not, it may be time to pick up your Bible and dive back into the grace and mercy that is continually shown to all (yes, all) mankind. (check out the Roman Road)

Often, it seems like the afterlife is viewed more as a second chance. A little bonus time to make things “right” and redeem ourselves. How many rock songs have glorified that trip across the river Styx or glorification of heading for party-land (Highway to Hell)? They have really missed the point of both our time on Earth and what awaits for us in the end.

The very second after we die, there are no second chances. Each moment is precious. Live your life to the fullest. The idea of eternity, in either never ending torment or in everlasting joy and worship, may skew our view of a finite, limited lifetime. But, in fact, it should be just the opposite. It should provide haste to our decision making and choices. It should light a fire under us to share the good news with those around us. It should provide motivation to genuinely act like today may be our last, to make the most of conversations, our time with friends and family, to avoid meaningless distractions, and to embrace every breath, every sunrise, and every single challenge and opportunity presented to us (end of the world or not). There is a purpose to it all, and we are fortunate to have a sovereign Creator in control.

James 4:7-10

7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up…

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

With the approach of Easter this upcoming Sunday, it’s a good time to dwell on what this time of year signifies. It’s not about candy or ridiculous bunnies – it is about the bearing of an eternity of sin, which was washed away in the death and resurrection of Christ, and this is something that no amount of stress, sadness, sickness, or strife can overcome. For those who believe, it is a time of rejoicing. For those who do not, it is a time to be in the word.

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