Which way does our clock run?

Oct. 13, 2010 at 5:13 a.m.
Updated Oct. 15, 2010 at 5:15 a.m.

By Mike Gresham

Recently, my wife and I viewed the movie, Invictus. Although the movie was certainly entertaining, I have a confession to make. I can't understand Rugby for the life of me! A few years ago, I had the opportunity of watching a live Rugby game in South Africa with a friend sitting beside me interpreting what was going on. He patiently tried to interpret the rules so that I might better understand the nuances of the game. He did not succeed; I still don't understand the game. (The only thing I could understand less from the sporting world of South Africa is how anyone could actually watch a Cricket match!)

However, one thing about the game and the movie did catch my eye: The clock ran forward. We are accustomed to clocks at athletic events in this country running backward, clicking off the seconds until the end of a period or the game. In Rugby the clock runs forward until the time has expired.

That begs an interesting question. In the game of life, does the clock run forward or backwards? Are we pushing the clock forward, or are we clicking off the seconds? Or are we doing both?

The clock is certainly running forward. Ask anyone who has had a recent birthday. No matter what the television commercials would lead you to believe, you cannot actually make yourself younger. Did you hear about the blonde asking intermittent passersby what time it was? When one told her it was four o'clock, she told him, "I've been asking people that question all day long, and everyone keeps giving me a different answer." You will never have the opportunity to relive yesterday, even if you really wanted to. Time marches on, and the clock moves forward.

The clock is certainly clicking the seconds backward. Although I don't know the day God calls me home, I do know that He knows the day. I don't know when Jesus comes back to call time on us all, but Jesus says that His Father has this day already determined in heaven.

A moving clock reminds us that we are to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way. We are to take advantage of every opportunity to show love to our families. We are to take advantage of every opportunity to do good for others. We are to take advantage of every opportunity to serve the Lord and make our lives count for His glory.

The scripture tells us this: "Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)" As you live this day, make it count for God's glory. There will never be another like it, and the opportunities of today likely will not recur tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, let me encourage you to worship this Sunday. You will be blessed!

Mike Gresham is the pastor of First Baptist Church, Port Lavaca.



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