2018-11-06 - Redeeming the Time
Though I have friends and relatives who do, I normally do not prefer the King James Version, for several reasons. For one thing, I know there are translation errors, and through the years, I have known people who are legalistic about what they call “the only real Bible” and who are judgmental about other versions. This even though it is no more holy than the other versions, and certainly wasn’t in Jesus’ Aramaic language, nor translated during His Earthly life! It is just one of many usable versions, that happens to sound quaint, because it is written in the language of 1600s England.There are others that are easier to understand, since many of the words haven’t been used for years - and it seems to defeat the purpose, if you can’t understand your Bible. I have cringed, as I observe my friends from other countries, as they struggle to understand the strange language that isn’t anything like what they hear spoken around them! But in this instance, I actually prefer the KJV, which advises us in Ephesians 5:15-16:
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
In our home, we have been doing our best with “redeeming the time,” because our dog Shiloh has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. She has the most advanced veterinary care and medicines, and definitely still has spunk, but we still know that her cough is worsening. So we cherish every single moment that we have left with her. We don’t know whether we have another month with her, or a year - or the best case scenario of a couple years. But because of her horrible early life before we met her, and because we love her, we intend to see that every moment of the rest of her life is as happy and comfortable as possible, and to ensure that she feels cherished every moment.
In like manner, we Christians should “redeem the time” in regard to our Christian walk. How do we spend our time? Though this would vary by health issues, year of birth and other factors, the “average” lifespan in the U.S. is 78.6. This means that many of us will be given 2,478,729,600 seconds (I did have my Business / Economics Honors Major husband “check my work.”) every second counts. How many of those seconds will we spend brooding over a personal affront? How many will we spend worrying? How many of them will find us committing acts of love and kindness to those in need? God has given us the gift of time. How will we use it?
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