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On November 21, 2017 we heard the news that David Cassidy had died at age 67. Many remember him as Keith Partridge on the musical sitcom, The Partridge Family. As I read articles about his death and life, I came across one where his estranged daughter shared his last words on earth. In his last moments he uttered; “So much wasted time.”

Now, I am not sure if David Cassidy made this statement referring to his life in general, or to the estranged relationship he had with his daughter. Either way, my heart was heavy as I read those words, and then I remembered the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Ephesians in 5:15-16.

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  NRSV

The Apostle Paul is instructing the Ephesians, and we who are reading today, that the use of our time is a matter of wisdom. If we “make the most of the time” we are wise -and if we don’t, we are unwise.

I don’t know about you, but at the end of each year I become very introspective and consider the past and look toward the future. While I know I can’t change the past, I can surely make changes today and for the future.

I am not talking about resolutions that usually get broken within days of making them, but making a commitment to living wisely through the indwelling Spirit’s help. See verse 18b where the Apostle Paul instructs the Ephesians to “be filled with the Spirit” as part of living wisely.

I do not stand in judgement of David Cassidy, for he has actually become my teacher in uttering his last words. As we make the transition into a new year, what will you and I do differently in 2018? In some ways, as we are given another year it becomes a “do over”.

I wonder if David Cassidy had it to do over, what would he do differently?

My prayer is that you and I will live wisely in the coming year – and Redeem the Time!

 

Dr. Michael Sanders

Dean of Faculty and Professor of Spiritual Formation

Warner University