Accepting Christ defining moment in life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist

Here we are in the year 2010 and it seems we should be just half way through 2009. I have to agree with the saying that time “really does fly by.” The Psalmist wrote about time when he was thinking about how his little short life fit into the whole scope of eternity. He said: “My times are in your hands.” (Psalm 31:15). I know that is true.

Time does fly … and our lives are short. Moments add up to hours and hours accumulate to days and days go into years and years stack up to decades and decades turn into centuries and centuries become millenniums.

Where does that time go? I read about a study that investigated how Americans spend their time. This study of 600 people showed the average American will spend four years doing housework, five years just waiting in line or six years just eating in their lifetime.

Time goes on regardless of how we spend it. People come in and out of our lives. Sometimes we see special connections with people we have known through the years. I was speaking to a women’s group some years ago and in that group were two special ladies. One was a woman who I had taught with years ago who found out our daughter Annie was on the way. She was the first to know outside our family that we were expecting a baby. At the same meeting, a lady who was a nurse sat across from my friend. It just so happened that this nurse had been on duty and cared for Annie the night one of Annie’s children was born.

Since time really does seem to fly, I have looked back and thought: “Where did all that time go?”

When we look back across time, we usually focus on the defining moments in our lives or those moments that made a significant impact in our lifetime. There are all kinds of defining moments in our lives and no matter how fast time may seem to go, we always remember those moments. Sometimes we don’t know what a difference a minute or hour can make and what kind of an impact that defining moment will have on the rest of our lives.

But in looking at moments of my life, I have to tell you that the most defining moment in all my life was when I came to know Jesus Christ as a personal savior. There came a moment in my life when I had to accept Jesus or reject him and that was the defining moment that sealed my life for eternity. I seized on that moment. I will never forget … as a little girl in a church service in Kansas City, Kan., where my father was preaching. It was a Sunday night service and it seemed that for some reason when he said that all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). I knew that that meant me.

So I accepted Christ. That night, I became a child of God and was born into the God’s family. That defining moment made a difference for me for all eternity.

The year 2010 will fly by just as quickly as 2009 did. But the span of eternity cannot be fathomed or measured. The key is this: that decision we may postpone about our relationship with Christ will alter our lives for all eternity.