From the Pastor’s Desk

Time stands still for none of us and seems to move faster every day even through it really does not. There are still only 60 seconds to every minute, 60 minutes to every hour and 24 hours to every day so why do we feel that time is quickly slipping us by every day? Maybe it has something to do with our age. I know with me that as I look back over the years they seem almost to blend together and have gone by every so quickly. If the last 50-60 years went by fast the next 10-20 years will seem to fly by even faster, I am sure.

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I am finding that as the years go by there is a lingering question that I come face to face more today than ever before and that is, “what am I doing with my time that says  something about what I claim to believe in?” If I claim to be a believer in Jesus Christ what am I doing with my time that sets me apart from the world and distinguishes who I am? Am I occupying my time to the best of my ability, am I filling my time with that which says God is my heavenly Father and I am not ashamed to say it or live it? Do others really see Jesus in my life?

Maybe the question we ought to ask ourselves is this: am I a closet Christian or one that truly lives what I claim to be? The disciples were called Christian 1st at Antioch Acts 11:26, why? Because of whom they identified with. They were identified with Jesus Christ. He was who they were. They followed Him right to the very end of their lives here on earth. Jesus said in, “John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  If it is our love that is the distinguishing mark of who and what we are about then shouldn’t love to be the motivating factor in everything we do and how we do it? I would think so…

Time, it seems like such a small thing. We all have been allotted a certain amount, some more than others, but it is still “our” time however much it is! If we are not careful this life will slip us by without us ever making a difference for Jesus Christ! Why not today surrender to the Lord Jesus and obey Him and begin loving as God intended you to love? Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, body and strength and your neighbor as you love yourself. And, just maybe, before you know it what you have filled your time with will be exactly what God would have wanted you to!

In Him, Your Pastor,

Jeffrey Turcotte