by Rex Yancey

There Is A Time For Everything
Rex Yancey
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Genesis 1:14 says "And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years."
God who lives in eternity made time so we can measure the events in our lives. When we think of time, we think of day and night, seconds and minutes, weeks and months, years and decades, quarter centuries and half centuries, centuries, and millenniums.
Suppose you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400. The account carried no balance from day to day, and allowed you to keep no cash in your account. Finally, every evening, the bank cancelled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.
The fact of the matter is that we have such a bank, and it is called time. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds, which represents 1,440 minutes, which equals 24 hours each day. Every night, the bank of time rules off as lost, whatever time you had failed to invest in a good purpose. It carries no balances. It allows no overdrafts. Each day the bank called time opens a new account with you. Each night, it burns up the records of the day, even if you fail to use the day's deposits, you must eat the loss.
Time is the coin of your life, and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Richard Needham conducted several years of research to reveal how we spend our time. He showed that the average American spends:
-3 years in business meetings
-13 years watching TV
-6 months stopping at stoplights
-8 months opening junk mail
-1 year looking for misplaced objects
-2 years returning phone calls
-4 years doing housework
-5 years waiting in line
-6 years eating
-24 years sleeping
-Makes 1811 trips to McDonald's
-Men are hospitalized 8 times
-Women are hospitalized 12 times
He went on to say that the seven stages of man are, "spills, drills, thrills, bills ...

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