Friday, March 23, 2012
This blog post by Dr. Michael Brown, senior minister at Marble Collegiate Church, appears on the church's web site.
Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has specific rules, just as any game has certain rules.
1) Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2) You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3) You may only spend it.
4) Each morning upon awakening, the balance in your account would be exactly $86,400.00 for that day only.
5) The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, the game is over! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do? You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love, right? Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every cent, use it all, right?
Actually, THIS GAME IS REALITY!
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can't seem to see it. The magical bank is TIME!
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us. What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time.
So, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Therefore, enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much more quickly than you think.
So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply, and enjoy life!
Here's wishing you a beautiful day.