Sunday, June 23, 2013

How Much Time Do I Have Left?


“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say to you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Luke 12:27-28

“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”

Maria Edgeworth

“This time, like all times, is a very good time, if we but know what to do with it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

How much time do I have left?
-       Before my deadline?
-       Before my last day on this planet?

I don’t know the answer to the second question, but I know this:
There are some things I definitely have time for:
There’s enough time to consider the lilies and stop worrying about the future.
There’s enough time to get to work.
There’s enough time to write.
There’s enough time to write at least this blog.
There’s enough time to focus on all the good in my life instead of the few bad things.

There’s enough time to stop complaining.
There’s enough time to be grateful for everything I have, including and especially time.

There’s enough time to smile.
There’s enough time to laugh.
There’s enough time to pray, for my family, my friends, and for the suffering in the world.

There’s enough time to forgive.
There’s enough time to be glad to be alive.
There’s enough time to tell the people who have loved me, starting with my parents, “Thank you.”

There’s enough time to tell the people who have been a positive influence in my life, “Thank you.”

There’s enough time to thank God for all the good He has done, is doing and will continue to do.

There’s enough time to stop worrying whether or not I will reach my goal and start working towards reaching my goal.

There’s enough time to think of all the good times I have had in life.
There’s enough time to be present in this very moment.

There’s enough time to breathe.

There’s enough time to sing.

There’s enough time to let go of my mistakes, including the ones I made today.

There’s enough time to resolve to do better tomorrow.



And if I’m given tomorrow, then there’s enough time to do the following:

There’s enough time to write more blogs.
There’s enough time to read and to study.
There’s enough time to share my gifts with the world.
There’s enough time to exercise.
There’s enough time to make my physical environment look nicer.
There’s enough time to play with my kids.
There’s enough time to walk my dogs.
There’s enough time to wake up early, while it is still dark and enjoy the solitude.
There’s enough time to spend with people I love.
There’s enough time.
Each day I am given the same amount of hours that was given to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Stan Lee, Martin Luther King, Theodore Roosevelt or Fyodor Doestevsky.  Each day, I have 24 hours or 1, 440 minutes.  It’s completely up to me how I use that time.  It’s completely up to me how I want to look back on that time. 
The only thing there is not enough time for is time to waste.  I could waste it, I suppose, but that will only make a short time shorter.
I know how much time I have left.
I have just enough time to Get started and Keep Going.