One reason parents choose to homeschool is the advantage children have in learning at their own pace. However, even homeschoolers must learn how to meet a deadline. Balancing these two approaches to learning required creativity as I prepared my lesson plans. Since I knew deadlines would teach my children to manage workloads, I assigned specific projects and assignments to complement their curriculum. Whether they expounded on a science concept by researching a hypothesis or wrote a lengthy paper for a composition, they learned to gather the information and materials necessary to finish their assignment by a fixed date. Years later, they thanked me as they saw the importance of meeting deadlines in the workplace.

The Bible also tells of a spiritual deadline for all mankind that is soon approaching. Some day Christ will return as Lord and King to judge the world. In Mark 13:32-33 Christ says, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." Unlike deadlines in this life, God in His wisdom chooses not to reveal the specific time or hour of Christ's return. Jesus simply tells us to watch, pray, and be ready. Unfortunately, many will miss the joys of heaven because they wait too long. By failing to heed Jesus' warning to respond now to the Gospel message, they will be lost for eternity and suffer eternal separation from God.

Are you telling others about God's final deadline? Although the message may not be popular, the promise of Christ's return is sure (2 Peter 3:8-10). Without a doubt, those who come to know Christ due to your witness will be sure to thank you one day when you stand together in the presence of the Lord. "Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7).

Lord, thank You for the promise of Your return. Please, help me boldly share the message of Your love and forgiveness with as many people as possible before that final day. In Jesus' name, Amen.