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:
- 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.
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. 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. 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):
- 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)
- 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)
- 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?