Four Things that Won’t Wait

There are things in life that we have little or no control at all. They come to our lives and leave immediately. Some of these things, really, won’t wait. Let me show you four of them.

1. Time won’t wait; therefore use it wisely.

Ambrose Bierce, the author of a book called “The Devil’s Dictionary” defined the word “Day” as a “period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.” We should have a deep appreciation of time, because every moment in time only passes us once. It won’t wait for you. After a brief moment of idleness, you will realize that a day has already gone. Once it’s gone, it’s lost forever. It will never pass our way again.

2. Age won’t wait; therefore age gracefully.

People get old. We age. It’s a well known phenomenon and it’s a fact whether we like it or not. You may use all the anti-aging cosmetics and surgeries in the world and still, you will wake up one day feeling old. And when you look in the mirror you will see someone with gray hair (if you’re not bald), saggy skin and wrinkled face.

I have nothing against anti-aging products. In fact, I encourage you to take care of yourself; of your health. The following are some of the suggestions on how to grow old gracefully[1]:

  • Let the fact sink in
  • Keep a healthy routine – give up those unhealthy habits, it’s never too late. Exercise and eat right.
  • Don’t worry – worrying and stress makes you age a lot faster.
  • Control your emotion – you don’t want to be called Mr. or Mrs. Grouchy when you grow old. Never lose that beautiful smile on your face.
  • Be friendly
  • Widen your interest – don’t let boredom subdue you. Involve yourself in various activities especially in the community. Read books of various topics. Be a mentor to the young people.

Another interesting thing that I was reminded of by my wife is this: She said, “You have been so busy working that you are failing to spend some time with your kids. They can only be kids once, why don’t you seize the opportunity to be their father while they’re still huggable, innocent, cute, and loving. While you can still instill love in their hearts. Do not rob them of a father at such very young age. Age won’t wait.

3. Opportunity won’t wait; therefore grab it when it presents itself

In 1980, IBM tried to contact Gary Kindall of Digital Research for his Operating System called CP/M to power their machines, but he was nowhere to be found and his wife refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement for the possible contract. IBM executives approached Bill Gates instead to create an Operating System for them. That was the birth of MS-DOS that made him a billionaire.[2]

Tom Peters, an American writer on business management said, “If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.

But what to do if opportunity is not presenting itself? You now have an opportunity to make one.

4. Death won’t wait; therefore prepare for it.

Hebrews 9:27 says, “…it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.

In the internet, I went to two sites that claim to determine the date when one is going to die. The first one tries to determine the date by asking about your way of life, and it says that I’m going to die on Saturday March 25, 2062, at age of 90[3]. The other asked for my body weight, mass, and a bit of a lifestyle and it predicted that I will die on December 25, 2040 at the age of 69[4]. No one knows when he is going to die except God.

If we cannot know when our death is, how can we prepare for it? The Bible has suggestions (3Rs):

  1. Repent – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
    I tell you …but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)
  2. Receive Christ as your Lord & Savior – “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12)
  3. Reform – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21)

His promise: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)

Russell Crowe in the movie Gladiator said, “Death smiles to us all, but what to do when it smiles on you. The best thing you can do is to smile back.” But how can you smile at death when you’re not ready for it?


[1] http://www.lifespy.com/2007/how-to-age-gracefully/

[2] http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa033099.htm

[3] http://www.day4death.com

[4] http://www.deathtimer.com/index.php

Comments on this post

  1. Ej Cute

    I am a loss for words on the beauty and relevance of the article. I think anyone could relate. The choice of words and Bible verses are just perfect and seems to be inspired by the Holy Ghost.

    However, I just have thoughts on the 3rd point about opportunity. I think it would be better to mention that not all opportunities are according to God’s will, that’s why we are to pray and evaluate first before grabbing it so that it wont destroy us.

    In the view of evangelism, God gives opportunities for us to share His gift of salvation to others but a lot of times we miss it. I remember the story of the very rich man who walked away from Jesus in saying this. That’s why I think it would also be better to give hope that in case you miss the opportunity, God can restore you because He is the God of the second chance. Just like Jonah when he strayed away from Nineveh.

    I would like to really commend that the last point is about Death and I think that it is the most important point to discuss. And I’m so glad that it contains the good news which is very important for everyone to hear.

    I’m sure that you pleased God and you made Him smile by doing this article.

    Kudos to you Sir Nes!

    May you write more of these for God’s glory! 🙂

    • Nestor Jaba-an

      Hi Elyjoy,

      Thanks for the wonderful comment 😀

      Your thoughts on the 3rd point is very good and I acknowledge the wisdom of your observation. It’s a blessing to have such an insight and I’m sure others would be blessed by it. Thanks and God bless.

  2. Kathrine Cervas

    Sobrang nakaka-inspire po nitong article. Habang binabasa ko siya, nagkakaroon ako ng realization about sa life ko na, “oo nga, bakit? bakit ganito, bakit ganun? bakit hindi?…” tumatanda na rin ako, so I have to spend my time wisely and take chances. Minsan lang dumaan sa life mo yung mga bagay, kaya dapat do your best in everything. Also, worrying does not solve your problems, it only makes your day even worst, kaso paano if naiisip lang naman dahil gusto mo maging prepared? Dba po? Anyway, basta po nagustuhan ko ng sobra yung article, super nag sink-in. Thank you for this Sir! 🙂 God bless!

    • Nestor Jaba-an

      Nice question Kath. To be prepared for death is a very good reason already because one of its pre-requisites is having a relationship with God. If you have no relationship with God, then you are not ready to die yet. King Solomon, after discussing all the things under the sun, said, “Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man. For God will evaluate every deed, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, NET). Just imagine when we face Him and He would evaluate and bring into judgment all the secret things we have done and all the nasty thoughts we had. How do you think we would fare? How dreadful that day would be? Thank God He sent Jesus Christ to be our Savior and because of that we have a chance to escape God’s wrath if we believe and have faith, “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NET). Jesus guarantees this when He said, “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24, NET). God bless! 😀

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