Nitro’s Elhew Legacy: “Hank”
I enjoy the outdoors, and I usually take at least two walks a day with Hank as my companion. Regardless of the season, Hank is smelling the air, and checking it for the scent of quail.
This time of year, my attention is less on quail and more on song birds and cardinals crested in red; however, I’m easily distracted by the buzzing of bees as they meticulously go from flower to flower harvesting pollen.
The bees prick my mind and enliven the memories of Fern—not the plant, but the person. Fern was my great-aunt and she was a beekeeper and a woman who crafted elderberry-based home remedies.
I was reminded of Aunt Fern this morning when I was reading the Proverbs: Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones (16:24).
I know Aunt Fern could be firm when necessary, but I remember her more for her pleasant words of kindness, for her love, and for her shelves full of large sticky jars of honey that she had collected from her bees.
When today is history, will people remember you for your pleasant words that were healing and helpful or for tirades that were hurtful? Today may be the last chance you have to make a positive difference in the life of someone you meet; so, I challenge you to take these next few words to heart:
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ~Ephesians 4:29
One second of your life will pass into history in the time it takes you to say: “One thousand one.” Interesting and amazing things can happen in a brief moment of one second: A beekeeper will tell you that a bee flaps his wings 230 times every second that he is hovering over a flower. This is much faster than the hummingbird that flaps its wings about 70 times a second and a little faster than the tongue-flapping town gossip.
Take another second or two to read these one second statistics. Every second:
- 8,613 tweets are posted on Twitter
- 1,771 photos are uploaded to Instagram
- 1,669 “phone” calls are made on Skype
- 46,610 searches are made on Google
- 96,225 videos are watched on YouTube
- 2,372,740 emails are sent
Time is a frequent topic of discussion in the Bible:
- Psalm 144:4: “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
- Psalm 90:10: “The days of our lives are seventy years; and, if by reason of strength they are eighty years; yet, their boast is only labor and sorrow.”
These verses speak of the brevity of life, and the Bible as a whole challenges you to live a full life that honors God. Perhaps it’s time to take a second to do a firsthand review of your life, and compare your perspective to Paul’s:
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] ~Philippians 3:10 ~Amplified Version
How many seconds of your life do you devote to “progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with” Jesus?