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Go MAD today! Live the dash


Richard Kaufman is our Guest Columnist today. He has been the Pastor at Martin Baptist Church in Louisiana for over nine years. He’s married to Sue and they have two daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. He says he is passionate for folks to hear, believe, and receive the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), and to grow in their walk with Christ!


Many years ago, I’d finished officiating a funeral, and was headed back to Clara Springs where I was camp pastor for the week. That particular day I noticed that death was no respecter of persons; all different ages were on tombstones. Then it struck me that there was a date of birth as well a date of death. But in between, there was a little dash.

The Dash, a poem by Linda Ellis, closes with these lines: “So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about your dash?”

Read these Scriptures:

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (In other words, make the most of opportunities). ~Ephesians 5:15-16.

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.”  ~Colossians 4:5

See, you can spend your life however you choose, but you will only spend it once. Time is our most valuable resource.

There are 1,440 minutes a day. It’s important how we utilize our time. Folks will tell me sometimes that they’re too busy to read their Bible, that they don’t have enough time. I agree they’re way too busy, which the devil uses in our society today (a subject for another day).

My reply is you aren’t getting any more time, 24 hours a day is it. It boils down to priorities. We make time for what we want to. If it’s important to you, you will make time for it!

Redeem the time, make the most of your time. Buying something out completely, leaving nothing on the shelves.

Paul’s term for time refers to a moment of time, not a lifetime. Basically, each moment and season of time is our opportunity and responsibility. An effective use of time ultimately should show itself in knowing Christ and making Him known! Know Jesus, show Jesus.

Temporal versus the eternal. Go MAD today—Make A Difference!!!

How are you living your “dash?”

Take time today to reflect on what’s really important, the 3 F’s: Faith, Family, and Friends.

To close, I’d gone to visit an elderly gentleman, and when I was leaving, he followed me to my vehicle. It took a little bit for us to walk, but then he said these words to me, ” Bro. Richard, the Lord knew what you did with your time today, and He is well pleased!”

May this be the prayer of our hearts today!

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