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Topic: Time-consuming (02/24/11)
TITLE: Tick Tock You Don't Stop
By Shawn McNamara
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It stands still.
It passes through an hour-glass.
It slips away.
It goes slow when we watch it.
It flies by when we don’t.
It never rests.
We waste it.
We wish we could go back in it.
We run out of it.
We wish for more of it.
One thing for certain; we all have the same exact amount of it.
The world is a busy place. How easy it is to get lost in it, swept away in its allure. It’s a ‘rat-race’. We get caught up in the have to and go through our days in a mad dash. We fill our time doing as much as we possibly can, to become better; better parents, employees, children, people, Christians, etc.
The end result is we are so busy, who exactly are we better for? We commit ourselves to so many things. We stretch ourselves thin. As a result, we get run down. Evil slowly gets a foothold through our weariness; manifesting in a disgruntled mannerism. We lose our joy. We begrudgingly go through the motions of our tasks now with a bad taste in our mouths. There’s mumbling under our breath. We silently judge the very people we intended to help.
We’re not better. We are still only flesh after all.
Do not commit without intent!!
The adversary wants to keep you so busy you forget where your sights are supposed to be. He wins!! Stop and smell the roses. Slow down. Flying through your day only creates loss, whether it be a mistake made from rushing, an oversight or an missed opportunity.
It is difficult to hear from your Creator when the world consumes all of your time. It is even more difficult to love as we are called, or to be lights of the world when we move through our day in a blur. Rather than having to do things, we’ve been equipped with the ability to choose what we involve ourselves in. Only in that circumstance can you, perhaps even will you, look at your commitments as get to.
There can be little to zero peace in a fast paced, over scheduled day.
As there’s very little that we actually get to control, we still get to choose.
Don’t work against the time we get, work with it.
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