He was a very famous person. He was a “teen idol” very shortly after he was a teenager himself. He made – and spent – millions of dollars during his lifetime. Despite tremendous success in the entertainment industry, he filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
David Cassidy was one of those people whose name was easily recognizable by millions, but who seemed to have problems forming and keeping close personal relationships. There were three failed marriages. One of his children was a daughter whose mother was none of those three wives.
It appears that his life ended, at least in part, because of some of the choices he had made during his sixty-seven years. The reports I read about his recent death suggested that doctors hoped to keep him alive long enough for him to receive a new liver. He died before that could become a reality.
After his death, his daughter tweeted what she said were the last words of her famous father:
“So much wasted time.”
I can’t help but wonder what Cassidy meant by that. The possibilities are almost endless. I will not take your time or the space here to explore a multitude of possibilities.
I would rather do a little self-examination. I would also invite you to join me in that exercise.
Here’s the question:
What do I (you) consider to be wasted time?
- Is it possible that some of us are so “career-oriented” that time spent with a spouse, children, other relatives, and/or very close friends is seen as wasted time?
- Could some of us be so focused on ourselves that we believe that trying to serve other is wasted time?
- If we are not doing something that is fun, are we wasting our time?
- If we are not doing something “productive,” are we wasting time by resting, reading, etc.?
- Could it be that some of us spend so much time in our own pursuits that we fail to make time to “diligently seek” or pursue God (cf. Heb. 11:6)?
I realize that the list could go on and on. Maybe these few suggestions are enough to make all of us pause for a while and think.
As we think and as we evaluate our own lives, maybe the following admonition from Scripture might be worthy of our consideration:
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Gal. 6:9-10)
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AUTHOR: Jim Faughn