I’ve been guilty of it too, so no finger-pointing from this girl.
We know how it goes. The I’ll try to make it results in I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. We have good intentions initially, but when go-time comes around, are we showing? Are we going?
Try. It means to make an effort to do something. What if someone asked us, “Well, how hard did you try?” Oh snap.
What if we changed the way we thought about our time? What if we shared more of it instead of keeping it to ourselves?
Before you hit me over the head with your purse, protecting our time for good reasons is essential in keeping some resemblance of sanity.
Spending time with family, time in the Word, time in prayer, all good. We need refreshment for our souls and nurturing for our faith. We can even take time for ourselves without feeling guilty, but that’s not what I’m talking about.
There’s a difference between taking time for ourselves and being selfish with our time.
We don’t have to say yes to everything, but let’s be sure our no is for the right reasons.
Confession time: There have been times I’ve said no for selfish reasons. Imagine that? You too?
I know there have been times when I should have said yes. Times when I was meant to be somewhere for someone, but I wasn’t.
Couldn’t it just all balance out?
Couldn’t we just count all the times we did show, did keep a divine appointment, did extend beyond ourselves, to make up for all those selfish time-hogging-didn’t-try-all-that-hard times? Something tells me it doesn’t work that way.
But saying yes for the right reasons is also important to remember. Besides being selfish with our time, we can also spend too much of it. If the yes isn’t meant for us we could be unintentionally robbing it. How?
We can easily become over-zealous and step on the toes of someone else’s calling. Ouch.
The yes or no dilemma can make us dizzy. The key is prayer and seeking God’s face and His will in all things. We want to be the kind of Jesus follower who answers the call. Our call. We’re not the answer to every need, Jesus is.
What comes to mind when you hear the term “timeshare”? Most of us, including Google, associate the term with telemarketers selling vacation weeks. Perhaps we need to take back that term for the body of Christ. Just a little time shared from each of us can change lives.
Snippets of time add up to a lifetime and chunks of time are being squandered when they could be sacred.
Even just an hour of our time shared could impact someone else’s life for eternity, or at least for an hour.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV
This weekend we set our clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Savings Time. We change time. The purpose is to make better use of natural daylight. How can we make better use of the light we’ve been given? Let us consider how our time can change the world for Christ. Even a snippet goes a long way.
There’s a better way to tell time. We can set it to the eternal clock and spend it for a purpose. Time shared can change lives.
How can we be more intentional with our time today?
Share your thoughts…
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We say it moves too fast, we say it moves too slow.
At times we want to rush God, don’t we?
We want to rush answers to prayers, and agendas, and plans. We may feel nothing is happening, and our works are fruitless, and our prayers are bouncing off the sky.
Yet, God tells us to be still, and know that He is God. He has all the answers and He knows when the time is right, because it’s not our time, it’s His.
We may feel we’re standing still, but we’re all on a moving sidewalk of sorts. God’s plans for us keep moving forward, and we need only trust in Him. His promises are true.
So if you’re feeling discouraged and growing tired of the mundane, remember this:
Stay the course, and hold tightly to faith. Nothing is mundane when God is in it. The question is, are we?
And isn’t faith the substance of things hoped for? And isn’t faith the evidence of things not seen?
Never lose faith, and never lose hope, because prayers become tangible when we surrender; and time never stands still even when we do.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Now how about that fruit?
The grocery store has ruined us. We can walk in the door, head to the produce department, and ripened fruit is in abundance; we just need to reach for it.
Fruit at our fingertips, and the only challenge? Getting that darn plastic bag to open so we can get our fill.
No planting, no watering, no nurturing, no waiting. We are a spoiled bunch.
We want to see immediate fruit, don’t we?
We want that loved one saved, that ministry to bloom, that plan to come together, like now.
But spiritual fruit takes time. The planting, the nurturing, the green, and then the sweet.
And even while we wait to taste the sweetness of that fruit, God will confirm.
He will confirm if what we are doing is right in-line, or if what we are doing is wasting time.
He will help us discern the difference. And we can taste and see that the Lord it good. Now that’s sweet.
It’s time to pray big.
It’s time to believe big.
It’s time to work the harvest.
It’s time to look forward in great anticipation, not for the fruit that might come, but for the fruit that will come.
It’s time for the faith that pleases God, because it is impossible to please Him without it.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
God births through us the plans, the dreams, the visions for what He chooses to accomplish,
and He has chosen us to carry them, labor through them, and in His time, He delivers them forth.
And let’s not fret over the baby-steps,
Because isn’t it that first step that always wows us?
From that first step of wow, to that sprint towards the awe, it’s our obedience that brings the blessings of the fruit.
It’s time we step out in obedience, and it’s time we step into that great adventure in faith.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10
So the question is, are we in?