Received the following in an email. Since someone forwarded these words to me, the only attribution I can give it is to someone called Tommyapex@aol.com. So, to that unknown Tommy and to Marvin who sent it on to me...I say thank you.
As we look into 2013, we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 week. The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. And it's all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.
Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has been given the same twenty-four hours every day.
Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on. And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. Yesterday is lost, and tomorrow is uncertain.
We may look ahead at a full year's block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it. Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.
The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?