The Sum of Our Lives

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. —Psalm 36:9

It has been determined that the average American spends 15 years of his or her life in front of the television set—15 years. I am not saying we cannot watch TV. But I am saying that we can sure waste a lot of time in front of it. I sure have.

I am a channel surfer. My wife likes to watch cooking shows, which to me is not fun. Therefore, I try to gain possession of the remote so I can start clicking. I like to watch about eight things at once. Yet I have been amazed at how I will sit down and say, "I am going to watch TV for five minutes," but when I look at my watch, an hour-and-a-half has gone by. I have wasted all that time and feel half brain-dead as a result.

We can squander time watching television, but we can squander time doing other things as well. So let's not throw our lives away. Let's wisely use the precious moments God gives to us each day, each month, and each year, and let's use them for Him. We will stand before Him on that final day. We should be able to sum up our lives like the apostle Paul and say, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). Only the person who can say, "To live is Christ" can then say, "To die is gain."

Some people might say, "To me, to live is sports," or "To me, to live is music." Everyone lives for something.

What do you live for? How great it is to be able to say, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

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