Today, just one quarter of a mile before I reached the Church Building at Parrish, the odometer in my 2001 Nissan Frontier read 150,000 miles. That amount is enough miles to circumnavigate the globe approximately 6 times. When I became the owner of this truck in 2007-08 the odometer had about 90,000 miles on it. In four years I averaged 15,000 miles / year on this truck – not to mention our other transportation. What could I possibly do to put 15,000 miles on a truck?
My annual commute is about 5,100 miles. That leaves 9,900 miles to account for. Some of that would be mileage for vacations, hunting, fishing, grocery runs, trips to the home improvement store, trips to visit family, etc. How many of those 9,900 miles/year were in service to God? I know that as His child all of my life is His, so since I am not my own, all of these miles are His, but how many are SPECIFICALLY in His service?
Just last week, I was teasing a friend who is about my age. We were talking about graying hair and aching joints. He said, “It’s not the years . . . it’s the mileage.” What about the “mileage” of my life; how many of these miles are wasted and how many are for God?
Consider the following words of the Apostle Paul and then answer this question: How are you using your miles (time)?
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph 5:15-16)
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” (Col 4:5)