How Can I Make the Most of My Life? by M. Kenneth Lyon

How Can I Make the Most of My Life?
M. Kenneth Lyon
Ecclesiastes 6:12
January 24, 1999

On Sunday nights you hear it before you see it. It starts out tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. And then a stopwatch comes on with that secondhand just sweeping, sweeping, sweeping. The name of the program is 60 Minutes. The ticking of the clock, it gives you a sense of urgency that there's something coming, that important things are at hand. And for the next 60 minutes you're entertained, sometimes you are in disdain for what you see there. Sometimes it makes you mad; sometimes it makes you glad. Sometimes it makes you sad. It's quite a program. It's been on for years upon years, almost 20 years if not longer now. Sixty minutes... think about that, a slice in time, a photograph, a still shot of what's been happening in the world. Now think about your own life. And somebody, a great photographer, somebody has a camera that can take one shot of a typical day of your life. And it can be a panoramic view of everything that goes on. Do you hear the clock ticking, as you think about how you spent that time, as you see the activities in which you were involved, as you think about the things you say with your lips as important, and yet may or may not be validated by what you see on the image before you in the picture?

So we get all geared up. We say I gotta make life count. I gotta make the time matter. I've got to get better organized. And we get our day-timer. We get our day-runner. We get the pocket palm pilot. And we spend an inordinate amount of time just trying to plug things in to get it scheduled, to get it right. Now let me ask you: how many of you use anything to help you order your day? Any of those things to help order your day? That's right. Be honest about it. The rest of you just lost. Right? The closest I get to panic is when I can't find that Day Timer. But let me ask those of you who use such a device. Even with your carefully ordered planning, e ...


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