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Pray for the Bennetts in Australia as they with God's help and for His glory are seeking to establish: Western Plains Baptist Fellowship, and Gilgandra Baptist Fellowship as New Testament Baptist churches.
 

FORTY YEARS ON

David C. Bennett, D. Min.

James 4:14 says "…For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."

The year 2003 marked my fortieth high school class reunion. Forty years! Where have they gone? Four children and seven grand-children later I look back on those years and agree with Job when he said "M days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle…" Job 7:6.

Due to distance I could not attend the reunion but because I am what I consider a nostalgic person I ordered the reunion book with the names and addresses of my 1963 classmates along with other "pertinent" information such as the cost of living "way back" in the old days of 1963. According to the reunion book a new house in 1963 cost $12,650. Today you cannot add a room for that! The average income was $5,807 per year. That is poverty today. Tuition to Harvard was $1,520 per year. That is cheap in today’s costs. I should have gone to Harvard! Gasoline was twenty nine cents a gallon! I should have purchased more. A US postage stamp was only five cents. I should have written more letters! The world news in 1963 saw an emergency hot line established between Washington and Moscow. The great English train robbery netted nearly seven million dollars in cash! Corporate executives steal more than that now. Winston Churchill retired from politics. That was truly an end of an era. The Beatles had their first US hit that year. They called that music!? The home video recorder was first demonstrated at the London BBC studios. Now the VCR is outdated. In the US national news for the year 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I well remember that day as I was in Army boot camp. A Queen’s New York housewife formed Weight Watchers. I did not know at the time the weight I would be watching. An artificial heart is first used in Houston, Texas to sustain blood circulation during surgery. Now they perform human heart transplants. AT&T introduced the touch-tone telephone. Now almost every home has the internet. All of this in 1963, the year when I would be entering that world which existed outside the walls of High School!

In that 1963 graduating class there were almost four hundred graduates and in this fortieth reunion book there were twenty six listed as deceased. TWENTY SIX! That number made me stop to reflect on my life; past, present, and future. Somewhere along this walk through life I came across an article titled; THE VALUE OF TIME.

THE VALUE OF TIME - You can bank on it.

Imagine. . . . there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out ALL OF IT, of course!!!!

Each one of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow." You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

And remember that time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!!!

In the past forty years I have had at my disposal 1,261,440,000 seconds! That is a lot of seconds. How did I use or abuse those seconds? An Irish proverb says "Time is so precious that it is dealt out to us only in the smallest possible fractions-a tiny moment at a time." Were those seconds I have spent, seconds used wisely or unwisely? The Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon said "Do not believe that you are standing still; you are not. Your pulses each moment beat the funeral marches to the tomb. You are chained to the chariot of rolling time. There is no bridling of the steeds or leaping from the chariot." Time stands still for no man!

Now I know we cannot live in the past although it is good to reflect on the past. I was privileged to have parents who knew the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and they took my sister, brother and me to a gospel preaching and teaching church almost every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. Because of this exposure to the gospel I came to trust Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour at an early age. In my library I have a New Testament awarded to me for Scripture memorization. There is no date given but the teacher, Mrs. Al Martin, wrote "This is for you for your faithful memorizing of Scripture. May your interest in His Word continue thru life." She then gave the Scripture reference Roman 1:16 which reads "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

Forty years has given me a wonderful wife, four great children, and seven beautiful grand-children. These forty years have also given me grey hair and joints that sometimes ache. Through these forty years I have had the privilege to own several new automobiles, two new homes, and travel to a few foreign countries. I have learned through these forty years my real concern should not be how much money or "things" I have accumulated in this "Egypt" but what have I accomplished for the Lord Jesus is what will count for eternity. I read someplace that "You cannot kill time without injuring eternity." The church in which I came to know Christ as Saviour had this saying on the front wall of the auditorium "One life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last." If I have spent my "time" through this period known as "my life" for those things which will eventually rust and decay it has been poorly spent. But if I have spent those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years for Jesus Christ then this time called "my life" has been well spent. As a born again believer if "my life" has been spent for my Saviour Jesus Christ then I should with great gladness of heart be "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." Titus 2:13. Forty years is nothing compared to eternity!
 

 
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Missionaries David and Pamela Bennett

The Bennetts Serving the Lord in Australia Since 1979.

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