Sunday, September 11, 2011

Time's Up

Today is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. This day ten years ago I was substitute teaching at West Morgan High School while my husband was at work and my three month old baby girl was safe at her Grandmother's. I remember this day like it was yesterday. I remember the jaw dropping sight of the one smoking tower, and I then remember the hand over my mouth in utter disbelief as I watched the 2nd plane fly into the 2nd tower, and then I remember my hand to my chest and I remember no longer being able to stand when I heard the news on the Pentagon, because I knew then this was an attack on our nation.

Immediately I wanted a head count of all those I loved. Where were they? Were they safe? My husband left work and came to me at the school and then we went to his mother's to be with our baby and his mother. My Father-in-Law was on lock down at the arsenal... a prime possible target. We lived on pins and needles for a while...

Then we went to war... we still are at war.

The churches did flood that day and for months after.

Hate was stirred that day as well.

Then "tolerance" was pushed in our nation like it had never been pushed before.

I would like to say that our world was turned upside down for good on that day... but sadly I cannot. All we have to do is look at the change in our prime time t.v shows to see which way our nation flipped.

Touched By An Angel had a prime time slot, Cosby, Sister Sister, Home Improvement, Wonderful World of Disney, Promised Land, Kids Say the Darndest Things, America's Funniest Home Videos, etc.

What has those prime time slots in this day?
Think about it...

What I have learned is that when we realize that life is short we will increase the desires of our heart. You want to know the real state of your heart? What is your initial response to "You have one month left to live, how will you spend it?"

Is your answer "Wow how much of this world can I soak in and enjoy before my time's up?"
Is it "I need to experience sex with as many different people as possible now, before I miss it?"
Is it "Alright let's go to Vegas and LA and New York and fly to Paris and live it up?" 

(This mentality to me is about the same as saying, hey I am going down and I want to take as many as I can with me, I will stand either condemned or ashamed before God and I want you to as well)

When we discovered the men who committed the acts of 9/11 what did we learn about their last days? Days that they were fully aware were there last days?

Compare this with our Saviour. How did He spend His last days? Days that He was fully aware were His last days?

Whose example should we follow?
Man's or Jesus's?
We are in the last days... how are you spending them?

after He spoke long ago to the fathers
in the prophets
in many portions
and in many ways,
in these last days
has spoken to us in His Son,"
Hebrews 1:1-2

I believe our nation has exposed its heart in these post 9/11 days... Instead of our nation turning to God and seeking to grow in holiness and purpose, we showed ourselves to be filthy, and a pig that loved to wallow in it's filth, a dog that returns to its vomit...

"And he said to me,
Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book,
for the time is near. 
Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong;
and the one who is filthy, still be filthy;
and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness;
and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” 
“Behold, I am coming quickly,
and My reward is with Me,
to render to every man according to what he has done.
 I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the first and the last,
the beginning and the end.” 
Blessed are those who wash their robes,
so that they may have the right to the tree of life,
and may enter by the gates into the city."
Revelation 22:10-14

So the time is near. We are not promised tomorrow. If you knew you were on borrowed time... would your desire be to soak up and enjoy more of the lust for the pleasures of this world or would your desire be to get even busier setting others free from the chains of slavery that are embedded in the momentary pleasures of this world?

If your time's up, how do you want to spend each borrowed minute that is left?

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