Pressed For Time
By Tracye Gano
Where did the time go?
Do you often find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day? Wishing you could have a few minutes to yourself?
As a wife, mother and child of God, it sometimes seems there are not enough hours in the day to go around. Can we have it all and still find time for ourselves? I believe that we can.
We sometimes overlook the single most important part of the equation to time … spending time with God.
The Word says …
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof”. Mathew 6:33-34
We are not guaranteed tomorrow, and God tells us in the above verse to not take thought for tomorrow. We need to learn to take the time we have and use it to the fullest for God’s glory.
We should never forget who our source of time is.
”He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end”. Ecc 3:11
I find that when I neglect quiet time with God, I worry more, I don't make the best use of my time, and I become more hurried. When I take the time to spend quietly with God, I renew my strength, my spirit and my mind.
Starting each morning in quiet prayer, reflection, and reading of the Word of God will help us to better choose our activities throughout the day. Ask yourself some questions when time is tight and the demands seem many.
1. Is this activity going to glorify God?
2. Is this activity going to further God's kingdom?
3. Am I neglecting other important demands on my time, IE: time with God, family time?
4. Am I over extending myself by taking on this time demand?
5. Am I wasting valuable time?
Sometimes we simply need to say no to a particular demand for our time. It is okay to say no to someone who is asking for your time. We can still be loving and charitable without being pulled in a hundred different directions.
Idle time is a waste of God’s gift. Don't confuse idle time with restful time. I believe that God created us to need restful time. He says in Genesis to take the Sabbath for rest. He knew we would need that. Idle time is time not wisely used. Time that when spent you look back and think, what was I doing? Where did the time go?
Start your day with God and His Word. When our relationship with God is number one, then everything else falls into line without striving, worrying, and wasting.