The 86,400 seconds in a day are all meaningful

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
A smilin' chaplain.


Chaplain (Maj.) David R. Schlichter
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division


Eighty-six thousand, four hundred, what is this obscure number? What could it represent that has any significance?

86,400 is the number of seconds that tick past in 24 hours … a day.

No one pays much attention to the simple second, unless time is meaningful to you. The Soldier who passes the two-mile run with two seconds to spare will be elated, while two seconds too late equals defeat.

As I sit by the side of a dying patient, time takes on a whole new meaning. Time is our most precious resource. How have you been spending yours?

I love to see parents and their children playing and laughing together. That is a picture of life and health. I enjoy seeing couples walk along holding hands, watching a sunset. My grandchildren spent two weeks here on Oahu, and I treasure every second we spent together. Then comes the day we take the trip back to the airport. Time stops for no one, and time lost can never be retrieved.

I think of the loved one who grieves the loss of their lifelong companion and how they long for one more day. We are only given so many days on this earth.

How are you investing yours? Are you building up the people around you, or are you a “Wreck It Ralph”? Do your children love when you come home in the evening, or do they fear your arrival? Worse still, do they even notice?

Is your faith something you cherish, or is it just a passing comma of your past. Our lives are gifts and we get to choose how we spend them. So, how vitally important is your video game score?

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:16

It’s your life and it is precious; spend it wisely.



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