A town in Maryland was planning a 2005 Memorial Day tribute to veterans. The plan called for actors to stand in for actual veterans of long ago wars, including World War I. The plans were changed however when organizers learned of Lloyd Brown, a 103 year old WWI veteran who lied about his age so he could join the war when he was only 16 years old.
The Veteran’s Administration estimates that Brown, who lives alone and still has his driver’s license, is one of only about 30 living veterans of the First World War. No doubt, he’s one of even fewer still able to participate in a parade.
When I heard this story, I was reminded of the swift passing of time and how every generation is destined to someday leave this world. The Bible emphasizes that life is short. Our time here is limited. That’s why we must make every day count for God. We must redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.