Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I Don't have any more time!!!!

Oh, here I go again! I just worked an hour and a half to bring you a new original entry and my stupid browser, suddenly, from out of the blue, goes to a stupid sign on page for a message board I visit right as I am about to post!!!!!!! I am too tired and spent to redo it now. But I will bring it back either later this eveing or tomorrow am. In the meantime, feast upon another wonderful offering from God's Work Ministry Email. Mr. Savaya has kindly and graciously said I could use them freely as I desire here. And I can bring you this much quicker that I can redo my own entry. Please be patient with me! As Barbara (barbpinion) has said recently.....have to let it go. Can get caught up in fighting this. Life is too short! So please enjoy

A THOUSAND MARBLES.

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable. A few weeks ago, what began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it. I turned the volume up on my radio, and I heard an older sounding chap with a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business himself. He was talking about "a thousand marbles" to someone named "Tom". I was intrigued and sat down to listen to what he had to say. "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet." "Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities. "And that's when he began to explain his theory of "a thousand marbles". "You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about 75 years. I know, some live more and some live less but on average, folks live about 75 years." "Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime." "It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be 75, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy." "So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up with 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large clear plastic container next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away." "I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight." "Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time." "It was nice to talk to you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your loved ones, and I hope to meet you again someday. Have a good morning!" You could have heard a pin drop when he finished. Even the show's moderator didn't have anything to say for a few moments. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to do some work that morning, then go to the gym. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile. "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."

Author Unknown

While we are living in the present time things don't seem to move so fast but when we ponder the past, it feels like 10 to 20 years were here only yesterday. The Bible says it well in James 4:14 "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." There have been many great men of God such as Abraham, Isaac and <FONTCOLOR=#800000>Jacob who lived well over 100 years each, but when compared in Eternal time, it is less than a drop in an ocean. I encourage you to focus on the eternal and not the temporary. Live your live to the fullest for God and serve Him with all your heart, no matter what you do; because God looks at your heart and not the job at hand. Read and meditate on these scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:7 "For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." Matthew 6:19-21 "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." 2 Corinthians 4:18 "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." All scriptures can be found in the King James Version. All Glory, Praise and Honor be unto the Lord Jesus Christ for He alone is worthy of the credit and the blessings that come to us.

In Christs Service,

Dwayne Savaya

Gods Work Ministry

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5 comments:

  1. Hi Hon, Just love visiting your journal. I read the marble story some time ago and never forgot it. Hope lots of people read it. It's worth reading, again and again, till we get it right. Bless you. *Barb http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

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  2. I also have read the marble story before but enjoyed reading it again. It can be flustrating to have a journal entry almost finished and then loose it. Hope the rest of your day gets better. Helen

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  3. wonderful entry. Thanks for sharing

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  4. Your pure faith is so touching.

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  5. naturegirlfromnyMay 26, 2005 at 5:03 AM

    I enjoyed that entry alot.  Makes you think about things.  

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