(1) the Stone............after it's thrown,
(2) the Word................after it's said,
(3) the Occasion…..after it's missed,
(4) the Time...............after it's gone,
(5) the Person.............after they die
1. The stone after it’s thrown. Jesus said, Let him who is without sin cast the first stone (John 8:7). We have all probably wanted to recover a stone we have thrown in judgment against someone else after later realizing they were not guilty or we realized that we had done something just as bad ourselves. The chorus of a country song called, Be Careful Of Stones You Throw, says, “So unless you’ve made no mistakes in your life, be careful of stones that you throw.”
2. The word after it’s said. Paul said in Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Again we have all probably said things that we wish we could take back. Things that hurt someone close to us because it was said in anger instead of love.
3. The occasion after it is missed. In Galatians 6:10 We are told “therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” I hate to think of the times I have missed opportunities that I could never recover. There are lives that I could have influenced that I would never have the opportunity again.
4. The time after it is gone. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 9:10-11 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. I returned and saw under the sun that-- The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.” There are choice times for things to be done and said, and if those times are missed, then the opportunity may never arise again.
5. The person after they die. Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” The reason we see such weeping at funerals is because of our realization that we have lost that person we love, forever in this life. We cannot get them back again.
May we all be especially careful about these five things and realize that they cannot be recovered after they are gone. - LP