Time! Oh, how I wish there were more of it. When our kids were younger one of the phrases that they were trained to never say was “I’m bored”. They always knew that if that phrase was heard within earshot of either one of us there would be some sort of chore to help them with their so-called boredom.
When I retired from teaching, I thought I would have such a surplus of time and for a while I did but very quickly the days began to be filled and we would laughingly say how we wondered how we had time to work!
I am a firm believer in the idea that we make time for the things that we find to be important. One time a friend of mine was dealing with some health issues and she remarked to me that most days she had been so busy that she forgot to eat. I assured her that I never would get too busy for food as it is the source of major joy in my life.
I ran across a statement the other day that said that in the total 24 hours of a day over one third is wasted. That statistic really made an impression on me. If there was one thing that I benefited from during all this quarantining process it is how I was using my time. It has caused me to slow down. Spend a lot more time thinking, praying and reflecting.
My challenge to you as we look toward the new year is how are you spending your time? Are you doing the important things or are you wasting time on thoughts that you should not be thinking, reading material that might be best replaced with something else or focusing on the wrong projects?
Let us make a genuine effort to use our time wisely. I am going to. So many things that we can and should be doing. Spend a little time in prayer and refection and ask God what he desires from you in 2021. Get ready for the ride because I know He has quite a trip planned for you if you are available.