December 2, 2014- The Value of a Second


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“Time is what we want the most, but what we use the worst” –William Penn

World-class runners understand the importance of living with grueling discipline.  They train day after day, week after week stretching and pushing their bodies to the limits.  They endure harsh elements, early mornings, and late evenings in preparation for the next race.  Their discipline is rooted in the perspective of time. To the passionate runner, half a second could very well mean the difference between first or last place.

The older you get the more you value every second in the race of life. In his book, Margin, Dr. Richard Swenson said, “This present moment is, literally, so narrow that it is impossible to conceive. We live our entire lives in an inconceivably thin slice of reality. Reflecting on this for many years now, I have arrived at a corollary understanding –that this present moment is not only infinitely narrow, but also infinitely deep.”

What a thought…each moment is infinitely narrow, infinitely deep. No wonder athletes discipline themselves with such resolve: they are trying to get the most out of every second.   Do you?  Do you value the depth of each moment?  As William Penn said, “Time is what we want the most, but what we use the worst.”

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Corinthians 12-14

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