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  Daylight Saving Time began in the wee hours of Sunday morning, March 11.  If you didn't set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night, you had to remember to do it Sunday morning.  And next Wednesday, March 21, is the first day of Spring.  

  When I saw these notes about Daylight Saving Time and the first day of Spring on the calendar, it got me thinking about God's gift of TIME to each and every one of us.  It made me ask, "Am I making the best possible use of my TIME on this earth?"  

  To help me answer my question, I looked up the word TIME in the Bible.  Of course it is difficult to miss the third chapter of Ecclesiastes where the likely author, wise old Solomon, lists 14 opposites regarding TIME.  He mentions a few situations I have participated in personally: "There is a time to be born and a time to die...A time to tear down and a time to build...A time to weep and a time to laugh...A time to embrace and a time to refrain...A time to keep and a time to throw away...A time to be silent and a time to speak."

  There might come a time in our lives when we are faced with a very important decision.  It may even be a life or death decision that could affect us personally, like whether to undergo major surgery.  It may be a decision that could affect many other people like the Old Testament heroine Esther faced.

  Esther lived about 500 years before Christ in the land of Babylon, which is modern Iraq.  Esther, along with her Jewish people, were victims of the infamous Babylonian captivity.  They were about to be slaughtered in what would have been an Old Testament Holocaust perpetrated by an evil man named Haman.

  Esther risked her life going before King Xerxes pleading the case of her people.  She followed the advice of her uncle, Mordecai, who told her, "Who knows but that you have come to your position FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS." (Esther 4:14)

  Today I think of our military personnel and law enforcement men and women who are asked to risk their lives at home and abroad, sometimes in far away places like Iraq and Afghanistan, to protect our freedoms.

  But then I think that God has given each of us a certain amount of TIME here on this earth.  We need to ask, "How am I using my TIME?"  The Psalm writer gives us excellent advice.  "I trust in you, O Lord; I say: You are my God.  My TIMES are in your hands." (Psalm 31:14-15)

  But the most important question is this.  Have I used my God given TIME to come to faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior?  And have I used my TIME to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others?  St. Paul has the answer for us.  "Now is the TIME of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."  (II Corinthians 6:2).


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