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 by Charles R. Bryant

St. John 19:22 - Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

As we stand on the threshold of a brand-new year, we have mixed emotions about the old year behind us and the new year ahead. There is joy and sorrow behind us. There is assurance, but also regrets. All of us who are Christians would have liked to have done more for the Lord. The lost should realize that another year of their life has been wasted without Jesus as their Saviour.

The words of Pilate have a fatefully significant ring as we apply them to a faded year with its story to which all of us have contributed. Pilate was unwilling to undo what he had written, and we are unable to erase what we have written by the deeds of our past. It may be possible to unravel a sock one is knitting, if a mistake must be rectified, but we cant do this with our past faults and failures. Our past is irrevocable. We are writing the story of our lives everyday by the things we say and do. There are also many things that we dont do that we should do that God is keeping a record of on High.

We are writing the story of our lives by the way we spend our time everyday. The story is told of a small boy who came downstairs one Sunday morning leaving the rest of the family asleep. The clock was striking eight but was out of order. As it struck nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, the boys wonder grew. Finally he turned and raced upstairs calling; Get up, quick! Its later than its ever been.

I believe that we can say that its later than its ever been in each of our lives. Time is running out on a lot of people as far as health is concerned. Gods time is also running out on a lot of people as far as their souls salvation is concerned. The Bible says that our life is even a vapor, that appeared for a little time, and then vanishes away.

We wake up in the morning, and lo! Our purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the magic tissue of the universe of our life. No one can take it from us. No one receives either more or less than we receive. Waste our infinitely precious commodity as much as we will, and the supply will never be withheld from us. Moreover, we cannot draw on the future. It is impossible to get into debt. We can only waste the passing moment. We cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for us.

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