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Yes I did!

November 06, 2017
By Ronnie Plyler

“So the sun stood still…and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day” which allowed Israel to defeat the Amorites (Joshua 10:13).


On Sundays, I often go to First Baptist of Indian Trail at 8am and Lee Park at 9:30…I do obey the speed limit, so let me worry about that. Michele will occasionally go with me to both churches, and if not, I’ll meet her at L.P. Today, I got up quietly as Michele was asleep, and I prepared quickly for church. Upon arriving at FBCIT, I noticed few cars thinking maybe they adjusted the service time as LP had done OR people were going to a later service. I walked in as the choir was doing dress rehearsal, looked at my iPhone for the first time and “yes, I did”.


I was an hour early. Even though knew the night before to turn my clock back…even though I knew it, I was still on the wrong time. If I had an “Amazon-Alexa” or “Google Assistant”, I may have asked the time. If Michele would have been awake, she would have kept me straight.


In the book of Joshua, the sun stopped for nearly a day. In that time, Israel won a battle. So, I’m sitting writing this as I sit in church…yes, I’m writing this at 7:30am (correct time now) as there’s about 30 more minutes before the service starts. I’m making the most of my time.

What will you do with your hour? Mark Schulz sang a song several years ago titled, “Time That’s Left”. The lyrics go like this…

What will do with the time that’s left?

Will you live it all with no regrets?

Will they say that you loved till your final breath?

What will you do with the time that’s left?


We don’t know how much time is left, however all of us were given an hour todayGIVEN an hour. Israel won a battle against a nation with about 10 more hours. You don’t have 10 hours but you’re not fighting a nation either. However, there may be a kind note of encouragement you need to send, a phone call you need to make, a prayer battle you need to spend time in…whatever it might be, what will you do with the hour?


A gentleman stopped by my seat about 7:45am and spoke with me. He and I prayed together a couple of years ago regarding his diagnosis of cancer. His cancer has returned. I asked if I could pray for him and we had a sweet time of prayer together as I encouraged him in the Lord. (Read Ps. 94:19…I shared this with him. If you want a scripture to memorize, you need this one!) He was grateful…it took 5 minutes. I still have more time left!!! So do you.