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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: The past, present and Future
By Maurice Armstrong


I would love to tell a whole lot about time, but honestly, I don’t have the time. I can be writing about time for an awful long time, but who’s going to read my story? Who has the time?
Thus, in the interest of time, so that we don’t waste time; I will jump right in, take my time and share a little bit about Time.
The present:
Truly, there is no time like the present. Yesterday is gone, and Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. The only time we have is now; this exact moment. Therefore, let’s maximize this moment, being ever so thankful that we made it to this point in time. Whatever we are doing right now will determine where we go from here.
The past:
Yesterday is gone. We cannot change what happened: the spoken word, the unkind act, the good deed, or, whatever may have happened yesterday, last week, a month ago, a year ago or even twenty years ago. Nothing can be done about it. Confess your sins. Forgive and be forgiven. Take time to heal and learn from your experiences. My advice is that, whatever we do; we should never let the past affect the future. Get back up, wash your face, change your clothes, comb your hair and begin again. “It’s not over until you win.” You are destined to win.” But, you must try again and again. Never give up. Whatever it takes, get over the hurt and pain, and for Heaven’s sake go on; Go, Grow and Glow.
The Future:
Tomorrow Is not promised to anyone. Life is filled with uncertainties; there are no guarantees that we will ever see tomorrow. Have the courage to hope. Persevere, against all odds and let nothing and no one stop you. Look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith, press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God which is in Christ Jesus. All things are possible to them that Believe. Mark 9:23.

Don’t waste valuable time, bemoaning the past. Don’t lose any more time trying to fix it. Let it go, give it up, and Hallelujah! Begin again. The very fact that you are still alive means that there is some hope for your future. The song says, “Take these broken wings and learn to fly again.”

Spend time wisely: Make the best investment of your time. The bible says; we must number the days and apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12. God has allotted us three score and ten years and some by reason of strength go beyond. Therefore, we must, make full use of whatever we have left, knowing that all we ever have; from day to day is nothing but the present.

Remember Prayer time, your quiet time: “If you find yourself too busy to pray you are, in fact, too busy”. Slow down, bow down and have a little talk with the master. “He may not come when you want him, but he is always right on time”. He controls every second of every minute of every hour. He can make time, and he has the time. He’s never late. He’s aware of the time. God doesn’t want us to give him time. We are the ones who need to learn time. The men of Issachar were men who understood the times and, so they knew what Israel must do. I Chronicles 12:32.

No room for idle time or much leisure time: We've got work to do. The time is fast spent the day is at hand let us work while it’s day for the night cometh when no man can work. Exactly what time it is, depends on you. There’s a time for everything. Do you know what time it is?

The appointed time: And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Luke 2:6.
Though the vision tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come to pass. For the vision is for an appointed time Habakkuk 2:2, 3.

Finally,” The highest expression of love is time”: Take time for others, your spouse, your children, and your family. Invest quality time in each other and the dividends will be far greater than you expected.

Now is the time!

(All scripture references are from the KJV)

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Christina Banks 11/22/12
You shared some very good thoughts on time.
Lynda Lee Schab 11/23/12
The opening of your entry made me smile. In the first 5 sentences, "time" is mentioned 9 times. I thought perhaps you were going for a humorous take. :-)

From there, you went on to talk about time, but there wasn't a clear focus. Creatively, especially for the Challenge, it's a good idea to "think outside of the box" and come up with a unique slant. That said, you obviously have a knack for teaching, which is a wonderful quality for any writer.

Great effort!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/25/12
This is a lovely mini-sermon. You spoke right to my heart. I think you offered some great advice in this piece. I also think many people will be able to relate to this story. Most of us have wasted precious time by worrying, complaining or the one I'm most guilty of--living in the past.

My red ink would be be careful about repeating words. I think that in the beginning you meant to repeat the word time to stress your point. However, for me though, it was a tad distracting. One piece of advice I give is to challenge the author to write on topic without ever mentioning the topic word. It's not always easy to do that and to have the reader know the topic is time but I think you could handle that challenge. :) Also I noticed some little errors like random capital letters and quotation marks. A good challenge buddy could help you catch the things I mentioned. If you need help finding one check the message boards or send me a PM.

This piece was on topic. Quite a few people wrote about a similar message this week but yours add a flair in it. I could feel your passion in your words and your deep desire to help others understand what you do. Your opening line was a good hook. It had me chuckling and eager to read on. I also think the verses you used were a perfect fit for your message. The ending was grand and brought the reader full circle. This line really grabbed my heart because the truth of it is so obvious yet so many people miss out on it: The highest expression of love is time. Keep writing, I look forward to reading more of your work!
C D Swanson 11/27/12
Good message and an interesting read. Thank you.
God bless~