Use the time you're given


The Storyteller

By Huey Wood


A man who was very sick went to his doctor. The doctor examined him and told him that he had a terrible disease and that he had only six months to live.  

"Doctor, you must do something that will give me more time than this to live," the man pleaded. 

The doctor thought for a few minutes and then said, "All right, you go out here and buy you a dairy farm with about two hundred cows to milk and take care of." 

"Doctor, how is this going to give me more time to live?" the asked. 

"Oh, it will not increase the time for living, but it will make it seem much longer," the doctor replied.  

Sometimes people think they would like to stop time and have "nightless" days so life could just on in easy sailing. But, I have a question to ask. If we could stop time would it be worth it to us? 

So many times when people have had some extra time (they think) when it's all said and done, their problems have increased and the life they received for that time was not worth it. You see, one must determine which is best — life here or life there? Paul talked about this when he said, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." 

This sick man, if he had his house in order, would have been free from suffering and pain with no more heartache, and there he would be free and fellowshiping with the host of heaven. That is why we should accept and live life one day at a time regardless of what might come our way. 

Prayer: Father, teach us always to live one day at a time — today.

©2002 Huey Wood