Do you feel like time is getting away from you at an alarming rate? It seems that as the days come and go, it gets harder and harder to keep up! Time is moving too fast. Where was all of this speedy movement when as children we wanted to be all grown-up? Now, it would be so nice to just slow it up a bit because the rush is too much these days!
Really, though, the move of time is just as it was years ago. For many of us, there has been a lane shift from the fast lane to a slower one. The pace has changed and adjustments in our ability to keep up have caused some of us to slow down a bit. But time marches on with the exact same precision and pace it has since the beginning. And the day will surely come when we will be removed from time altogether, and it will roll right on without us (all of us I might add)!
Well, no matter where you are in time, young or old, the questions of most importance are these: “What are you doing with your time? Or, how is your time being spent?” Now these will generate a few answers, some accurate and some questionable. However, only God will be the judge of our use of time and the quality of it. But, He advises us, “. . . to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12 NKJV) In other words, it does make a difference to God how we spend our days and we should, therefore, be careful and thoughtful about how we spend this valuable and irreplaceable gift. And our use of time does affect the quality of our lives . . . a heart of wisdom is always a better result when we refuse the bread of idleness and folly (a waste of time).
Do you have time to do the things of God or only the things you hold dear to and for yourself? Is there time for other people, especially people that you love and are at the center (or should be) of your life? Do you offer yourself to help, aid, or assist others so that their lives will have a better quality? Exactly how much time do you devote to the service of God and others? Really, are you that busy or just really caught up with self?
And think about it . . . the people who have time for you and others have the same amount of time as everyone else! People who have time to make a difference in the lives of others have the same 168 hours that you have every week. There are 24 hours in every day for everyone . . . why can’t you get some things done? But, oh, you’re busy!
What are your priorities? Do you have time for the things that are really important? Are people more important to you than fun or good times? Exactly what is it that really turns you on? And when your busyness is done, how do you feel? Fatigue, weakness, or even emptiness? Do your priorities give you feelings of fulfillment or joy?
Before it’s too late, work on your use of your time! Take a look at your priorities to see if you may be majoring in minor things while overlooking the really important stuff in life. And no one gets a second chance with time and there will be no makeovers or updates. You have to prioritize and use it right the first time!
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15 NKJV
THINGS TO DO:
- Remember God daily by making an appointment to spend quality time with Him for at least 30 minutes of time in prayer and meditation in the word.
- Plan your day for at least one act of kindness toward others (this can get addictive).
- Do something for the ones you love . . . take the time to help them (ask them, they’ll let you know what they need)!
- Do something that needs to be done for yourself . . . remember you’re valuable, just not more valuable than others!
- Make an assessment of your feelings of joy and fulfillment after your acts of kindness and helping others. You may be surprised at what taking time for others will do to encourage you.
- Above all, pay attention to your relationship with God to insure that it is more than zeal without knowledge, ritual without relationship, or feelings without experience. Time with Him matters, both private (personal) and public (congregational worship)!
Check out Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42:
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.'” (Italics added for emphasis)
“But one thing is needed!” You may have time after all!