One Final Point by Pastor James Collins

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:16

There is a book out called, “The Procrastination Cure: 21 Proven Tactics for Conquering Your Inner Procrastinator.” I have had it in my Amazon shopping cart for six months… I will probably order it tomorrow.

“Procrastination.” Just seeing the word makes me want to put off saying anything else.

All through my life, I start to procrastinate, then I decide to put it off.

My wife, Amanda, thinks I am a terrible procrastinator. But I will prove her wrong someday. Just wait and see. Besides, I am going to get things done. Amanda doesn’t need to keep reminding me every six months.

Truthfully, I am under conviction. Procrastination is a form of disobedience. When God tells us to do something and we don’t do it, we can make jokes, but the truth is, it’s sin.

Each day gives you 1,440 minutes. Days are passing and time can’t be stopped. You can’t call a “time out” in life.

When I was a kid, there was a popular song by Jim Croce titled “Time in a Bottle.” The song began, “If I could save time in a bottle…” But honestly, time can’t be stored like money in the bank. The only thing you can do with time is use it or lose it.

Sadly, the time has come for me and my family to leave Fort Scott. We can’t put it off any longer. This will be my final column.

We are grateful to the community for making us feel so welcomed. We are very grateful to the congregation at First Southern Baptist for their years of love and support. Fort Scott will always have a special place in our hearts.

I only hope that our time here has made a lasting impact. I am painfully aware that more could have been done to grow God’s kingdom in this community, but it is now too late for me. However, it is not too late for you.

The point is: Make the most of the time God gives you. The oldest of all the Psalms, written by Moses, says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Someone once wrote, “Lost: One golden hour, studded with sixty diamond minutes. No reward offered, for it is lost forever.”

The Bible also cautions us in Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

These are truly evil times.

Make every minute count.

Tell someone about Jesus today.

Tomorrow may be too late.

You can follow James Collins on Twitter @collins_point, Facebook James Collins “The Point Is,” or through the website

2 thoughts on “One Final Point by Pastor James Collins”

  1. Your procrastinating ordering the book “The Procrastinating Cure” reminds me of the book I wrote “Humility and How I Achieved It”. Ha.

  2. You are one in a million pastor with a fire in your belly for the Lord thank you so incredible much for sharing that with Ft Scott. We did not get to hear all of your amazing sermons and pray that they will be available to hear. Loved you and your beautiful family and it is with tears and a heavy heart to hear you are leaving. Phyllis

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