Meridian Star

March 15, 2014

From the Shepherd's Heart

By Dr. John A. Temple
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” — John 9:4

Recently, I have heard many complaints about the coming of “Daylight Savings Time.” This time of year, the clocks are advanced one hour. It means we arise in the dark, but we come home from work in the light of day.

    Personally, I enjoy mornings. I am usually up before daylight. There is something inspiring to me to see a sunrise. Birds seem happy and active. All seems peaceful without the rush of traffic and the agendas of others demanding our time and energy.

    However, I enjoy having daylight left after work at the end of the day. I don’t like arriving home in the dark. I have a better attitude when I can play with my dog or busy myself with some outdoor activity before darkness drives me to my chair.

    The fact is there is only so much light in a day. The authors of “Daylight Savings Time” are trying to help us make the most while it is still day. Jesus encouraged us to do the same.

    In John 9:4, Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” At the moment Jesus spoke this, He had about six months left in his earthly ministry. Because of the limit of time, He felt a need to make the most of each moment.

    Scripture tells us that our life is like a vapor. It is quickly gone! Like seeing our breath on a cold morning, our life is for but a moment in time and then disappears.

    Because we know our day has a limit, we should try to make the most of it. Acts of love and care, affirmation of others, dedicating ourselves to virtuous projects, living each moment with purpose and serving Jesus with dedication all are a part of making sure we do not waste our day.

    Some people want to sleep in and miss the sunrise and the daylight. Many also are sleepers in life, letting life slip away without any notice or purpose.

    Jesus had the ability to know that it was later than others thought. For Him, action needed to be now, not later. For us, we cannot know what the future holds. All we are sure of is that we have now!

    So, consider modifying your “Daylight Savings Time.” Don’t just awaken one hour earlier. Save the entire day. Make every moment count. Cherish every conversation. Don’t allow any opportunity, to make this day significant, pass you by.     Our day will end soon enough. When it does, let us celebrate how we used the time we have.

Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.