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A Time For Every Purpose
by Steve Higginbotham
May 27, 2006
Yesterday was a day of contrast.  It was a day full of contradiction.  Sorrow and joy.  Tears and laughter.  The past and the future.  You see, yesterday I performed the funeral for a dear Christian lady, 91 years of age.  Then a couple hours later, I watched as my oldest daughter graduated from High School.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven... (Ecclesiastes 3).  Life's changes are constant reminders of the brevity of life, and the speed at which life passes.  How could I have a daughter who graduated when the memories of my own graduation have not faded in my memory?  How could the little girl that I carried in my arms be old enough to, in a couple months, venture off on her own to college?

Of course, James was right.  Life is but a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes away (James 4:14).  Life's lessons from yesterday were...

  • Use your time well.
  • Cherish the moment.
  • Don't wish your life away.
  • Don't lose sight of your goal.
  • Finish what you set out to accomplish.
  • Remember you're being graded.
Whether you're eighteen, forty-four, or ninety doesn't matter.  Those lessons, if remembered, will serve you well.
Copyright 2006, South Green Street Church of Christ, Glasgow, Kentucky
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