“Spending Time”

The first month of this new year is drawing to a close today.  We have already used up 31 days of the 365 days in this year.  How have you spend them?  For time, in a sense, is the currency of life.  God has given us an allotted number of years to live to fulfill His will for our lives on earth, and to prepare for eternity.  So, as every moment passes, we are “spending” from that allotted and limited amount of days that God has granted us.

What is time anyway?  Time is the measured or measurable period during which an action, process or condition exists or continues.  It’s the dash between the years on the tombstone of the one who has left us.  It is what constitutes the sum of our life’s journey.

Einstein, speaking of time said:  “Time is a stubbornly persistent illusion”.  Why?  I believe it is because:

  1. You cannot control it; you must work within its parameters, and the parameters were fixed by God from the first day of creation (Gen. 1:5 “And God called the light day, and the darkness night.  And the evening and the morning were the first day”)
  2. It isn’t tangible (you cannot feel it); you know it is there, but you can’t see or touch it
  3. It continues to move forward no matter what you do or don’t do
  4. It’s always in motion and cannot be stopped by man

The fact is we all must deal with it.  We need to spend it in a way that pleases God, leaving a legacy of faith, hope and love seen to be evident throughout our lives helping us always to navigate all that we face along the journey.  I Peter 1:5 “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Time is a gift.  Every day provides us the opportunity to start anew and to do better than the day before.  God’s “mercies are new EVERY morning”.  He is always there, ready to help any and all who will look to Him, yield to Him and lean on Him.  Time is a gift.  Every day is a gift.  And life is a gift.  God has given us these gifts.  And He also gives us the opportunity to spend it well.

Your choice . . . how will you spend your minutes?

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