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Live each day as if it is our last and make God our top priority because we do not always have tomorrow

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Carl AdkinsProcrastination is one major cause of regret in our lives today. We know the things we need to do, however, we put them off. We believe we have all the time in the world to get them done. We never do today, what we can put off until tomorrow.

I know this to be true, because of personal experience. In 2007, my wife and I spent Christmas Eve with my parents. While we were with them, my dad shared with me that his doctors had told him he had lung cancer. The doctors had given him six months to live.

After Christmas, my wife and I had to go back down to Las Vegas on business. My intentions were to take care of the business and come back up here and spend some time with my dad. However, on New Year's Day, at about 1:30 a.m., my phone rang. It was my little sister. She called to tell me our dad had passed away.

There was no second chance to spend time with my dad. I thought I had six months to spend time with my dad, but I did not. My dad and I never ever got along well. The last year or so of my dad's life, we started working out some of our issues. But once he passed, that ended. There will never be another chance for that to be fulfilled.

You may be thinking what all this has to do with a faith column. Well, let us look into God's Holy Word.

2 Corinthians 6:2 NKJV - "For he says: In an acceptable time, I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation."

We as Christians believe we have plenty of time to complete those things that God has given us to do. We have the tendency to put those things off -- there is always tomorrow. Well friends, we do not always have tomorrow. When we hear the call of God, we need to respond. Do not wait. If our response is slow, we may miss the opportunity that God has given us. Our lack of action may not only affect us but may cost others as well.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 NKJV – "Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus, we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."

We who love the Lord look forward to the day of his return. You and I need to live each day as if it is our last. We as Christians need to make God our top priority. If we want to go to heaven someday, then we need to serve God today. We need to look forward to Jesus' return, but in the meantime, we need to be working for God's kingdom.

Today is no time for sitting idly by. We need to take action and share God's Word with everyone we can. We need to take advantage of every opportunity God gives us. We want to go to heaven -- let us help as many others as we can to go with us. Time is running out; do not waste one minute of the time we have left.

Carl Adkins is the pastor at New Life Bible Chapel. He can be reached at 541-447-6543.

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