Life and T.P.

tpSometimes a humorous or light-hearted saying can carry a serious implication. During a recent gathering of our morning coffee group at Fitch’s IGA, one of the sages said, “Life is sorta’ like a roll of T.P.: the closer to the end you get, the faster it goes”. After a chuckle, the sobering reality of that little phrase captured my attention.

Many of us that gather at Fitch’s are in the seventy-plus age range with several in the eighty-or-more group. Once again, I’ve come to realize that the years fly quickly from the calendar of our lives. James 4:14 (NKJV) calls attention to this fact: “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

I recognized that each day moves us closer to the end of our earthly pilgrimage. Shakespeare gives us these poignant words: We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feeling not figures on a dial.” Life is meant to be something more than “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.” 

A wise man once said, “He lives long that lives well, and time misspent is not lived but lost. As we see the past rapidly fading in the rear view mirror, we need to recognize a number of things:

  1. The brevity of time
  2. The swiftness with which days fly by
  3. The certainty of death
  4. The importance of Biblical Values

The Psalmist prayed that God would help him number his days so that he might get the most out of life and also inherit eternal life. Do not postpone living for God! Procrastination will cause you to kill time, lose time, and waste time. Time is irrevocable when gone. Time is that gift of God for which we are accountable.

Today is the only day you have for sure – live it in God’s will.

~ Brother Roy


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