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Short Timers!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 25:10-13

"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."

Back in my days in the United States Air Force, we had an expression that I have not heard for a long time: "Short timer." It was used to describe a person who was getting close to retirement or being transfered to another assignment. I bet you can guess that the attitude of such a person was not one of great motivation. On the contrary they were generally useless! It seemed as if their motto was: "Just do enough to stay out of trouble".

Here we are on December 21st, 2007 and the shortest day of the year, at least for us in the northern hemisphere. If we were to view earth from space, we would immediately notice that while it is the shortest day in the northern hemisphere, it is the longest day of the year for those in the southern hemisphere. Australians sweat while we shiver!

Time is a crazy thing. If we are enjoying a fantastic vacation, the time seems to fly past. On the other hand, if we are going through a time of stress and uncertainty, time will seem to drag by at a snail's pace. It is exactly the same amount of time, but our conception of time is vastly different. The days of our life are filled with a continual series of experiences. Some good---some bad, but most are simply, run-of-the-mill daily grind.

I can recall (believe me it is hard recalling that long ago) when Joyce and I were teenage kids out on a date, the time flew by! I know her dad must have thought I had a defective watch, because I was frequently getting his daughter home late. Hey! That was it - I must have had a bad watch! Well, that excuse would only have been good a few times---but he thought that there there were just too many such excuses!

In today's Scripture we read a portion of Jesus' parable of the ten virgins. There were five wise and five foolish. The five wise were not wiser in human intellect, but in recognizing that they had to be prepared. Jesus was illustrating in this parable that He would come back at a moments notice. Only those who had been born again would be called to the wedding feast. For those who neglected His great salvation---time would run out! How terribly sad.

In the midst of our daily experiences, we are called by the Lord to make eternal decisions. Some people readily accept the invitation to be born again, but others are reluctant. Some of these may be acquaintances, friends or family. We must be constantly alert to an opening in order to share the good news of the Gospel. The time is very short!

As we watch the days before the Christmas celebration speed past, let us take time to draw near to God in heart, mind and soul. The time is shorter than we think. Don't be a "short timer!"

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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