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 difficulty carrying 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 the time we have to present His plan of salvation to others is limited and that opportunities once gone will never return.
We too are obligated to accept this challenge.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to realize the shortness of life and the length of eternity and be faithful witnesses. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ephesians 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.