- Time flies when you’re having fun.
- Time marches on.
- Time will tell.
- There is no time like the present.
I could come up with another hundred clichés but the point I want to make is that time is on our minds and our time is so significant that it ultimately defines us. I am not wanting to plunge us into despair regarding our past waste of time or regret over how much we didn’t do. I also want to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of comparing your time usage against others. This would more than likely bring a sense of arrogance or inferiority, which are both meaningless and destructive.
With that in mind I would simply ask, what have you learned about “time” over the years the Lord has given you so far and what do you want to do with the time the Lord has chosen to place before you to live out? Bringing our past failures into the future to shamefully relive doesn’t accomplish much. But learning as we go is absolutely necessary. Be aware so you can avoid habits or pitfalls that have caused problems – then move beyond them by God’s grace.
Understand how God made you and live with that in mind. Some people are recharged in one way and others recharge in a completely different set of circumstances. God wants us to use our time wisely in the way He created us to live and serve in His Kingdom. For instance, God gifted some of us to bless others by taking time away and crafting words that will be shared later. Others, He made to listen well in one-on-one settings to lift others up through deep caring. The common thread in diverse settings such as these is that we are to be led and used by our perfectly sovereign God.
Let me ask you a question: What do you want to do with your future?
What are the thoughts, images or dreams filling your mind as you consider that question? Are the things on your list worth doing and are they worth arranging your life around?
One final question: What do you think God wants to do with your future?
Does this list match your first list? I need to think about this for myself because I want to live in the significance and joy God has placed in the days I have left. If I am chasing things that are not in line with God’s plans I will miss out. I don’t want to miss out!
LORD, help me live the life you gave me. AMEN!!
- I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29.11
- For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2.10
In God’s Perfect Time,