Feb. 8, 2016

If I Could Save Time In A Bottle.....

“Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.”

Rose Franken

“You are the other half of my heart.”

Deanne Davis

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. That’s right, it’s Sunday, and if you haven’t bought your favorite person a Valentine card, you better get on it. Valentines have gone out to all the small grandchildren in our life, the Texas girls, Jessie and Emily, and the Huntington Beach boys, Caleb and Brady. I even enclosed a couple of bucks as all small children love money. Big children do, too, but they don’t get excited about anything smaller than twenties.

I read a really nifty thing recently, purportedly about Alexander the Great’s final wishes which were:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin...

2. The wealth he had accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery...

3. His hands should be left loose to hang outside his coffin for all to see.. (don’t overthink this!)

One of his generals, surprised by these unusual (go ahead say it: weird!) requests asked Alexander to explain and here’s what his response was:

1. “I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal..”

2. “I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth will stay on earth...”

3. “I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come into this world empty-handed and we leave the world empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is time.”

We do not take any material wealth to our final resting place. Time is our most precious treasure because it is limited. We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time. When we give someone our time, we actually give them a portion of our life that we can never take back. Our time is our life. The best present you can give to your family and friends is your time.

I like to hang out with my husband, John. I like to take a walk with him almost every morning and see what there is to see ‘round the neighborhood. I like to read the paper with him, eat oatmeal and drink coffee. I like to have prayers with him where we mention our family, our friends, dear people, situations which need God’s touch. I like to watch football with him. I like to go out to lunch, dinner, Costco, Home Depot, with him. Notice I didn’t mention supermarkets. He doesn’t like to hang out around produce and canned goods.

I like to hang out with our children and their families. This all requires setting aside time to do these things. These things are the best use of my time.

My friend, Darrell, is short on time. His illness is going to rob him of the time he would like to spend with his wife, with his children and grandchildren. His thoughts, more and more, turn toward heaven. Darrell has a serious job he does every single day, whether he feels up to it or not. He spends time, a great deal of time, praying for others, holding many people up to the Lord. Entreating, petitioning God on their behalf. I like to spend time with Darrell. If I can make him laugh, it’s the best time I’ll have all day.

Remember this Jim Croce song?

“If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
'Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them.
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with.”

You know who else loves to spend time with us? God does.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

Jer. 31:3

This picture is one of the best hang-out times ever when John and I and Chris and Crissy and his parents, Mike and Dianne, spent National Adoption Day together in Texas and adopted Jessie into our family forever. Best time ever!

Happy Valentine's Day!