Within my 15 years of life, I’ve moved several times. At my age of six my dad felt called to the ministry, so we packed up from upstate South Carolina and moved to Louisville, Kentucky. In those years, I made some of the best friends I have (like Christopher and Collin), and made some of the best memories I have. Then my dad got a job back in South Carolina and we moved. Again. The hardest part, though, is not packing up everything and moving 11 hours south, but the hard part is leaving everything behind. Friends, family, and relationships that you might not ever get back. It was sad. There was a lot of crying and a lot of hugs. That was three years ago. Ever since then things have changed. This week I have been privileged enough to visit these dear friends that I have gotten to know as family. But something else came in those three years, and that something is change. It came and messed up what was. It will never be the same. I recently found myself thinking that if I would move back to a big city, it’d probably be Louisville. But I also realized (with a bit of help from my dad) that nothing would be the same. My friends moved on, people have gone forward. But time can’t go back, and that is a harsh truth.
But what does that mean? Is it just that I couldn’t go back to what was there? Or could I still hang with my friends but not at the same places? People grow up, and as time passes, they move on. We may forget about each other or just not keep up with each other’s lives. In 2014, it’s really easy to keep up with Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and everything. But you can’t go back. We can’t jump in the time machine and pick up where we left off. It’s impossible.
That means we have to make the most of every day, every minute, every second. We know that Jesus, God’s son who came to die to save you and me from an eternity in Hell, is coming back to take the Christians back to Heaven with him. In Matthew 24:36 Jesus says :“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. (ESV)” So Christ could return in ten seconds, or twenty, or tomorrow, or next year. We don’t know, so make the most of what you have today, right now. There are people in my town now who I need to minister to, and you do too. You can’t go back, only forward.
I’ll close with these words: You may be the closest thing someone sees to Christ today, and if Christ comes back tomorrow, and that person is eternally separated from God, it might be because you didn’t say anything.