THE MOST OF THE MOMENT
A soldier who served in Vietnam was assigned the duty to meet a senator at the airport near his command. It was his responsibility to see that he was taken safely to the office of the commanding general.
As they walked to the car, the soldier stopped to help an elderly woman who was having difficulty carrying her luggage. After a few more steps, he picked up some items that had fallen from the arms of a mother who was having a problem with her child. Then he picked up a child that had tripped and fallen down.
Impressed, the senator asked, “Who taught you to be so kind and gentle and helpful?”
Quickly, and without hesitation, the soldier replied, “During my tour of duty in Vietnam, Sir, it was my duty to clear the fields of mines. I never knew if my next step would be my last. So, I learned then and there to get everything I could out of every moment I had.”
Twice the Apostle Paul said in his writings, “Make the most of every opportunity.” He challenged the early Christians to be alert and aware of the people God brought into their lives. He wanted to impress them with the fact that whatever time we have to present His plan of salvation to others is limited and that opportunities to witness once gone will never return.
We too are obligated to accept this challenge. When time is gone, it is gone forever!
Prayer: Help us, Father, to realize the shortness of life, the length of eternity, and our responsibility to be faithful witnesses. Empower us to share! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Ephesians 5:16