On November 22, two weeks ago, teen idol, David Cassidy, aged 67 died. To an older generation raised with “The Partridge Family” it was hard to believe that one of America’s most famous youth idols had passed. The fresh-scrubbed face of his youth, eventually gave way to struggles with alcohol and erratic behavior, including leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license. (He was in trouble with the law several times because of his alcoholism.)
Finally, he succumbed to dementia, a fact he made public earlier this year. He declined rapidly and eventually died from liver and kidney failure. He was put in a medically induced coma, but briefly regained consciousness. It was during that time, according to his estranged daughter, Katie, that Cassidy uttered his last words: “So much wasted time.”
What did he mean? Had he wasted his youth as a cultural icon without experiencing the normal joys of growing up? Had he wasted his relationships, failing in three marriages and having his daughter Katie illegitimately from a fourth relationship? Had he wasted a legacy of personal success apart from his TV appearances and record sales? Had he wasted an eternity without God because he apparently made no profession of a personal faith?
I wish that during those tumultuous and frenzied years of adolescent stardom someone had quoted to Cassidy the words of Ecclesiastes 12:1: “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.'”
You don’t have to be a pop star and make millions to waste the best opportunity in life, surrendering to Christ as Lord and Savior. If by chance you read this and are not a Christian, make your peace with God now lest you too waste precious time living in sin and pay the price of sin’s consequences. It’s too late now for David Cassidy to get back his wasted time, but not too late for you to experience God’s perfect peace and the abundance life that Christ promised those who believe in Him.
An encouraging word: WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN
While using the lavatory on a plane recently, I noticed the hand soap provided by the airline. It was called Philosophy, and the label said, “With clean hands we find our grace. We realize the slate can be as clean as we allow it to be.” I have no idea whether the company bottling the soap is expressing a New Age sentiment or a biblical worldview, but the words are Scriptural. Grace is wiping the slate clean. Isaiah 1:18 puts it like this: Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. It’s a good idea to wash your hands in the lavatory. It’s a great idea to wash your soul in the blood of Jesus.
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