“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven.”
Too slow for those who wait
Too swift for those who fear
Too long for those who grieve
Too short for those who rejoice
But for those who love, time is not."
Henry van Dyke
A writer friend of mine sent me a long devotional. Rushing to go to work that day, I only had few minutes of my time to check my e-mails. If I stopped and read her article, I would be late for work. Besides, knowing how brilliant and reflective a writer she is, it would take a lot of my average intelligence to decipher every word she wrote. So, I sent her a short reply, “May God bless your ministry. One of these days, when I’m not so busy, I will sit down and read your devotional because I believe that it will be a blessing to me and others.”
When I checked back on my email not too long after that, I read her quick and honest reply. “I am praying that we will be both blessed in every way, including time.” She said that she’s busy too and she understood how hard it was to find time to do all she needed to do, and it’s just by God’s grace that she’s able to do them, including encouraging others through her calling. She admitted that when she felt exhausted and felt like giving up, God would just surprise her with something huge including a friend like me. She wrote, “Your thoughtfulness even with your brief e-mail is worth more than a thousand words. It’s all the little things we do that make a world of difference.”
I know exactly what she meant. Her honest, kind response meant a world to me, too.
I used to write “To Do Lists” especially when my kids were younger. But most of the time, I felt guilty when I wasn’t able to accomplish all the tasks that I thought I needed to do, especially when there was no time left for God. These days, I decided to keep instead a journal of “What I Did Today” including a section for counting all my blessings. I found that more worth while. My goals include spending more time with God, my family and friends, and taking care of this temple (my body) so I can take care of others and be more effective for God’s work.
Every second is of infinite value. Time is a very precious gift from God; so precious that He gives us a choice to live it moment by moment. He gives us 24 hours a day, and if you have insomnia like me, you have more than 16 waking hours to do what needs to be done. When I can not sleep, I usually pray for my loved ones, for those in need, for the sick, the faint and the weary, for the alone and lonely and for myself. If I don’t do that, I felt I wasted my brief time here on earth.
My prayer is that may you open your hearts to God’s leading, ready to receive Him every minute of every new day. May you reflect on how you use your own time, living each moment in worthwhile task, filled with meaning.
Thank you for taking the time to read what God has put in my heart. May you be encouraged and inspired to live each day knowing you are blessed with the gift of time.
Obviously, I am even further behind with my "faithwriters" folder than I have been with my regular inbox lately. I saw this posted in Julie's blog just yesterday. How timely, as long as it's been since you posted HERE that I am just getting to it. Now, I've seen it twice in two days. Must be something in it the Lord's trying to speak to me??? :::smile::: There is soooo much truth in it. I'm listening!
Oopsy... I meant Petra's site... not Julie's. See there... this is what happens when we use our time unwisely and then try to play catch up. I'm trying to make light of it here, but it really is just the sort of thing that happens when we wind up rushing to catch up because we've been making poor use of our GIFT of time. I suppose this is the day for Treava to "confess before men"? I really am listening!!! :::smile:::
Gloria, this is a message for all of us. We all need to slow down in our life and enjoy the moment God has given us - because it IS only the MOMENT we are in right now that counts - Oh, I'll write more later. The most important thing to me is my husband (an amputee), and he is calling me, needing me. I have to go to him. That is my MOMENT right now. I will be back.
Okay, I'm back. I wanted to pass this along to you and all your reading friends - and to myself:
The Gift of Time
There is just one thing in your life
That you can be most certain of:
It’s this hour; this minute; this second.....
All gifts from heaven above.
Whatever you do with this treasure
Is for you to decide, it is true;
But remember, however you use it
Could determine the future for you.
Dear Gloria...Once again, your wisdom shines as you share with us life lessons that you have learned from God. What you wrote here is an inspired guide to Christian living: "...may you open your hearts to God’s leading, ready to receive Him every minute of every new day. May you reflect on how you use your own time, living each moment in worthwhile task, filled with meaning." Gloria, you are such a delight and a beautiful Christian who lives her faith and shares from her heart. Thank you and God bless you, my dear Sis. Love, Peggy
I see that this particular "writer friend" of mine left a loving comment here too. Hi Petra! Yes, indeed, God is mighty that He can turn the impossible to possible, for He is good all the time. When I finally got the time to sit down and contemplate on your devotional,I felt so blessed by it. God knows how strapped I was with time, so He used YOU as His instrument to let me know that. He let me paused and share my heart and His message so that those who may read this will be blessed too. Yes, you can reprint this on your reflection corner. For Petra's writing ministry, please log on www.freeindeedonline.org
In Christ's love, Gloria
Dear Sis Gloria, the gift of time is a very precious gift and one that we should cherish. To spend more time with God and with our loved ones besides our jobs is the wisest way to spend time on earth. It certainly is a most precious gift. I love you, Sharon