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Of Time and Men

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Because of recent circumstances in my life, again I have been reminded of the unpredictability and fleeting nature of our days. Encompassed in those few and simple words is a larger, yes, massive truth; the understanding that at the moment this life ends, our fate is sealed. For with certainty, there will come the final Judgment Day at which time we will stand before God–all of us, everyone, no exception–and there we will give account of our lives here on earth.

I’ve linked here an active World Clock, which by the second ticks off significant developments across our sphere; births, deaths, oil production and the like. To watch these moment -by-moment changes is captivating.

To watch these moment-by-moment changes, though, startles my mind, and turns me again to the understanding of the responsibilities I have, not only for my own soul–which, understand is eternal–but for those with whom I come into contact.

Every word spoken then, may be crucial. Each encounter with a stranger, a friend, or a colleague may be of eternal significance. The selection of songs for worship time, the text chosen for a Bible study, the strength of a hand on a shoulder, a greeting card mailed, the response to a phone call–all these may be of final consequence.

“For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.” 1 Chr. 29:15

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope. ” Job 7:6

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14

The link for the World Clock is here.

My devotional is here.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

6 replies on “Of Time and Men”

What an amazing world clock this was! It kind of puts things in perspective on how fleeting time is and the urgency of the hour to live our lives the best we can for the Lord. I wish there was a world clock, or perhaps Soul clock might be a better term, that showed how many around the world received the Holy Ghost, are in bible studies, won a battle over sin, etc. I’m sure that only God has that timeclock.


Hello, Gloria.

Thank you for taking the time to come back to my blog here. It will be tomorrow before I can check out your site, but be assured that at that time, I will do so.

God bless you for your interest in the welfare of helpless, innocent children.



Hi Shirley,
I left information about my blog that addresses sexual exploitation of children on one of your post. Thank you for telling me about there being no link to my blog in my comment. I asked around and had it explained to me so now you will find a link.
Because of the recent death of a loved one in your life I have waited to contact you. I am sorry for such a sudden and horrible loss.

There is something happening right now that with the voice of many people speaking up could make a tremendous difference in fight against child exploitation. Please visit my blog and read the post titled “the issue I would like to see BlogHers act support”. I am not sure if that is a direct quote but it is the general idea. If you will take 5 minutes of your time to do what you see there and tell everyone you know about it we may be able to be a voice for hundreds of thousand of innocent children.
Thank you,



Hello, Katie and welcome to my blog. Hope you visit here often.

I struggle a bit with fully grasping what is exactly “God-ordained,” and what is merely life. I know God is supreme, and ultimately orders our lives, but does He really plan each person’s death–or is it just life? Had the dog been placed in the garage, would not the turkey have been safe for the family? Had not someone pulled their car out so that another hit them, would they not have lived?

Interesting questions. Perhaps we will never know all the answers.

Of this I am sure: God reigns supreme, and I want Him to be the Lord of my life.



I’ve always been a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, whether it be your dog getting to the Christmas turkey before the family does or a beloved friend passing away young. God has a plan for us all!

Beautiful blog!


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