Last night at the dinner table, we were enjoying a meal with our sons, Andy and Justin. We were having good conversation, as always, and suddenly Kristi said…”when did they get so big?” Of course she is referring to their ages. Justin will be 16 in a couple of weeks, and Andy just turned 23 last December. Our daughter, Kara, will be 26 in a few weeks herself. “When did they get so big?” Kristi and I are at that stage of life where we are more empty-nesters than anything else. And when a statement like the one Kristi made occurs, it causes me to think how fast time flies.
What are we doing with the time we have? As it turns out, the Bible has quite a lot to say on the subject. As a general rule, the scriptures point to one objective, to “make the best use of the time…” With that in mind, are there other guidelines for how to exactly do this? First, I think it’s important to realize that the Bible makes it clear that, indeed life is short, and time is not on our side. We are told that our life is like a vapor…here for a second, then POOF, gone. We are also told that within the time God gives us, there are seasons. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us what those seasons are. We are told in Ephesians 5 that the days are evil and to make the best use of our time. Perhaps that particular scripture is true north for how we should live and make the best use of our time. Here are the bullets:
- look carefully at how we walk
- don’t be foolish
- understand the will of God
- be filled with the Spirit
- always give thanks
- submit to one another
See, you thought I was going to give some new way to schedule the day. Some new system to make our time more efficient. Well, sorry to disappoint. There are plenty of books out there to help you do that, but the one book that really matters doesn’t address those issues as much as it addresses our character. If we spend our time noticing if our witness is in tact, if we spend our time not doing foolish things, if we spend our time trying to understand what God’s will is, if we spend our time being filled with the Spirit, if we spend our time making sure we are thankful, and if we spend our time serving each other – if we spend out time doing those things, I suspect that all the other stuff will simply fall in to place. So my friend, don’t waste another day…don’t waste another minute. Let’s live out Ephesians 5 and see how life can be.
On the journey,
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