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A Matter of Time
by Anitra Elmore
01/01/10
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Time and I do not get along very well. It always flies when Iím having fun and goes by way too fast. It knows that if I have it, I will waste it, and itís never, ever on my side.

And I can see why. I spend way too much of it being idle, Iím notorious for squandering it and I donít always plan to use it wisely. I wait until the last minute to try and make the most of it, and before I know it, itís gone.

It doesnít matter how hard I try to control it. It will not speed up and it will not slow down. It will not pause when I just need a minute, and it demands my patience, though I never really want to give it. Iím always pressed for it, it always has constraints, and it ignores my pleas for just a little more. Things have been this way for quite a while, and Iím convinced that it really is time for a change.

So, Iím learning.

Iím learning to make the most of every moment and to put my time to good use. Iím discovering ways to celebrate it, to embrace it, to maximize it, and spend it well. Iím learning to redeem the time because the days are evil; learning to trust God because my times are in His hands. Iím learning to walk patiently with Him as time passes, confident that He has ordained a time for every purpose and every work.

Iím learning to number my days to gain a heart of wisdom. So, I value the 5,475 days Iíve spent with my husband and look forward to the thousands yet ahead. I cherish the minutes with my children, who will only live about a quarter of their lives in my care, and Iím refusing to let that time just slip away.

Iím renegotiating my relationship with time, and Iím inviting you to do the same. Thereís no time like the present and thereís not a minute to spare, because Iím running out of clever quotes and weíre running out of time.

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