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Written by Miss Doreen Roth
Tick É tic kÉ tick É tickÉ A little boy sits on the floor looking up at the big old clock hanging on GrandpaÕs wall. His name is Ben. Hanging down near BenÕs feet are two heavy bronze weights. Every day they move down a little lower. That means soon Grandpa will have to pull the weights up to wind the clock. Ben wishes he could pull on the chains to bring those weights back up the wall again. On the face of the clock are two carved hands that point out the time, but the hours are written in Roman numerals. It takes Ben a little while to figure out what the numbers are. Then he remembers. A Roman numeral V means 5, and the small hand is near the V, so it must be almost five oÕclock. Above the sloped roof of the clock is a little bronze man with a hammer. Every hour, the man raises his little hammer and dings out the time. And that is what Ben is waiting for. He wants to see the little man swing his hammer back and strike the metal piece five times. And so he sits and waits and watches. It takes so long for five oÕclock to come! Near the bottom of the clock is a little glass window, and through it, Ben can see another bronze man on a horse swinging back and forth, back and forth. Tick É tick É tick É tickÉ Every second the little rider swings from one side of the window to the other. And every second it gets closer to five oÕclock. But, oh, itÕs so long to wait!

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Have you ever wanted something so badly that you said, ÒI can hardly wait!Ó Maybe you were excited about going on a trip with your family, but you had to wait seven weeks. Then finally, the day came, and you went on the trip. The trip was fun and you were happy, but soon it was over, and you were back home again. Then you started looking forward to something else. Three more weeks and it would be your birthday! You could hardly wait. And finally, your birthday came. You were happy, but soon it was over too. And so you became excited about something else: six more weeks and É something else would come. Does this happen to you? Do you spend the time God has given you waiting for something fun to come? Do you sit in front of the clock like Ben, wishing that time would hurry up?

When is your birthday? Do you know what year you were born in? How old are you right now? You can answer most of these questions, canÕt you? Then I have another question for you. How long are you going to live? Until youÕre ten? Twenty? Fifty? Ninety? You donÕt know, do you? Only God knows. He chose the day for you to be born, and He has chosen the day that you will die. David talks about the day he was born in Psalm 139:14, when he says, ÒI am fearfully and wonderfully made.Ó And he talks about how short his life is in Psalm 103:15, where he says, ÒAs for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.Ó Have you seen the grass grow up fresh and green in the spring? Soon the hot summer sun dries it out, and by the time winter comes, it is brown and dying. That, David says, is what your life is like. It begins, you grow quickly, and then it ends. And so you have a certain amount of time here on earth. Every day you are using up more of the time God has given you. How are you using your time?

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Tick É tick Étick É tickÉ There is the sound of the wheels turning in the clock, and Ben jumps to his feet. The little man swings back his hammer and É ding! É ding! É ding! É ding! Éding! The clock chimes five times and Ben leaves the room. There is nothing else to see.

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It is not wrong to look forward to things and be excited about them, but to be truly happy we need God, not things. Paul talked about looking forward to things in the letter he wrote to the Hebrew church. Like all people, the Hebrew Christians were spending much of their time planning for things in their life. But Paul reminds them that all the things that they spend time on and take care of will not last. He says, ÒHere we have no continuing city, but we seek one to comeÓ (Hebrews 13:14). Soon the Hebrews will die, and then what will happen to all the things they enjoyed? Paul reminds them that the only things that will last are the things in heaven. The Hebrews must be ready to meet God, and they should spend their time serving Him. Are you ready to meet God?

The disciples also spent much time waiting and planning for things. They thought that the Lord Jesus was going to become the IsraelitesÕ king, and that Jesus would chase away the Roman soldiers from their country. And so this is what they planned for. They thought they would all be important, and they argued with each other about who would be the most important when Jesus became king. But they were planning for the wrong thing. The Lord Jesus was going to reign as king in heaven, not on earth. Jesus talked to His disciples about this and told them to Òlay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be alsoÓ (Matthew 6:19-21).

Are your treasures all the things around you: your toys, birthdays, trips, or your friends? Are you counting on these things to make you happy? Or are you storing up treasure in heaven? To stay truly happy, you need to know the King of heaven, the Lord Jesus, as your Saviour.

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