I don’t know if I had ever really watched “Gone With The Wind” in its entirety.  But last weekend  I did. 

All 238 minutes of it.

There were the famous often-quoted dialogues and memorable exchanges.  But there was one quick take that almost went by completely unnoticed, one that I have a feeling  formed the framework of the movie’s theme.  Before the lavish parties and barbeques and laughter were replaced by war and destruction,  the film cuts to a shot of a sign hanging outside of one of the plantation homes.

“Do not squander time – that is the stuff life is made of.”

What if I squandered today?  What if I let it go by without making the most of it, without intentionally looking to see what God wants me to do, or experience, or understand?  Will I miss out on something amazing God planned for me?  Will I wake up tomorrow morning with regrets, knowing today is gone?

It may be a Monday morning.  I may not feel so adventurous right now.  But in the end, this is the stuff life is made of.  This is the stuff the life God has given me is made of. 

And I don’t want to squander a minute of it.

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time…Ephesians 5:15-16

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; Ecclesiastes 9:10

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. John 9:4

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