Back in 2011 the movie "In Time" was released. I have to be completely honest here, I have never seen the movie. Mostly because I don't think Justin Timberlake has done anything worthwhile since his days in N*Sync. (Bye Bye Bye) The reason for mentioning that particular film in this post is because of the premise of the film. I found the following synopsis on IMDB:
Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there's a catch: you're genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich "earn" decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo's love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system. Written by Twentieth Century Fox
This past Sunday our Pastor spoke on how we needed to be better stewards of our time here on earth and this movie popped right into my head. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a countdown on your arm and once that countdown reach all 0's that was it? How differently would you live your life? How would we change our priorities if we knew for certain we only had so much time left?
The fact of the matter is that we don't have a lot of time here on earth. Here in the United Sates the average life expectancy for women is 81 and for men it is 76. That isn't a lot! I used to roll my eyes and laugh when people told me how much faster time seemed to go by as you got older. Yeah right, I thought. Now, as I am watching my children grow up, my oldest is turning 10 soon, I am beginning to see the wisdom in what they were telling me. A year now isn't the same as a year when I was a kid, lol.
What I find even more concerning is that while in the movie "In Time" they had a countdown telling them exactly how much time they had left. The reality that we are faced with everyday is that we don't know for certain how much time we have left. Every day is a gift. Every moment is an opportunity. What are we really doing with the short uncertain amount of time that we have? We may not have an actual countdown on our arms but our time clocks are running out!
I don't know about anyone else but I have no doubt that I could do more with the days that God gives me. I could hug a few more people that I love. I could play a few more minutes with my kids. I could pray a little bit longer for God's will to be done on the earth as it is in heaven. I could enjoy a few more quiet moments sitting next to my beautiful wife on the couch. I could spend another second or two gazing upon the splendor of God's creation.
Those are the things that seem important to me when I think about how limited my time here on earth is. Recently, my wife and I took a trip with some friends of ours and for reasons unknown the soudtrack for our weekend was the song "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim Mcgraw. I am not a country music fan but I want to end this post with lyrics from the bridge of that song:
Like tomorrow was a gift
And ya got eternity to think about what to do with it
What did you do with it?
What did I do with it?
What would I do with it?
Phillip Reed is the Associate Pastor of Faith Chapel Ministries. His passion is to reconcile the lost to their Heavenly Father.