Over six years ago when my little mother moved in with us following a serious stroke, I looked at my husband, Douglas, and asked how are we going to do this. He said, “Glenda, we’ll have to take one day at a time.” That is all we have, isn’t it? It surely makes life a lot easier to not have to be concerned about tomorrow, but to just concentrate on today.
My friend, Carl S. Sims, preacher of the Main St. church of Christ, Manchester, TN, recently did a workshop for a group of preachers. He told them to take a piece of paper and list the hours in the day in a line. Each hour they were to write down how they spent that hour. At the end of the day they could look and tell how they were using their 24 hours. God wants us to use our time wisely.
Carl Sims is the most disciplined individual I have ever met. He is a soul winner. Just the other day he told me they have baptized 86 this year. We immediately want to know what he is doing, don’t we? He gets up and reads his Bible first thing every morning. He has been reading through the New Testament from one to two times a month for over twenty years. He also reads in the Old Testament. Some days he will have as many as five Bible studies in a day, and some start as early as 8:00 A.M. He uses the Ivan Stewart Three Lesson Bible course. You may contact Carl to receive a FREE DVD of him teaching Christians how to use this study, and learn to do it yourself! The church telephone number is 931-728-3306. Tell him I encouraged you to call and request a copy. You’ll be so glad you did!
Why don’t we set as our New Year’s resolution a goal to get up one hour earlier every day and read nine chapters in the New Testament? In 29 days at that rate we will have read through the New Testament. I like to pray before I start reading and ask God to help me to absorb and understand what I am about to read that I might in some way be a soul winner. May God bless each of you in this new year. May we all use our time wisely.