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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)
- TITLE: Burnin' Daylight
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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I fondly remember that term from the old westerns I watched, on Saturdays, as a kid. It didn’t need much interpretation, which is probably why it actually made sense to me. For cowboys and farmers I could see the benefits of this philosophy, but what about this city boy? How would it apply to me?
Back then it meant play hard and fast before you heard mom’s voice throughout the neighborhood calling you in for the night. "But I can still see my hand in front of my face, Mom. Five more minutes, please"?
"You get in here right now or you’ll feel my hand, and it’ll be far from your face," she shouted back for all to hear.
Having a low threshold for pain, I was instantly inside. I reckoned I didn’t burn much daylight back in those days. That made me a first-rate cowboy and eligible to wear a white hat.
Adult life, as we all know, has no lack of projects awaiting our attention. Jobs, kids, and household duties take their daily toll. Add to that pet care, car care, lawn care, cleaning gutters, coating the driveway, and a host of, "keeping up with the Jones’s" stuff can demand all available daylight. Then we have to spend all day Saturday trying to get caught up.
How many of us bring this logic into our Christian lives? Could we be accused of, "burnin’ daylight" when it comes to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Romans 10:14, says, "…how shall they hear without a preacher"? That’s us. John 4:35 adds," …behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” Do we put as much effort into our witnessing as we spend cleaning our new car, or manicuring our lawns?
Jesus is coming back. He tells us in Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." He also commands us in Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…" He does not say "during the day," but we know that most harvesting of crops is done when the sun is providing the light. Perhaps we need to tend to our admonition to preach the gospel while the Son is shining brightly.
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