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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: To God be the Glory
By gayle jackson


So much to do, so little time. The Lord gives us all the same 24 hours. How you live and what you do in that span is God’s glory.

Well, that is how we want it to go. Life is not always so cut and dry. We make those nasty to do lists. We have the palm pilots, or the date books, just so we can keep track.

Jesus didn’t wear a watch, or carry a date book or write lists. He prayed, trusted and followed His Fathers will. He always got the job done!

We are possessed these days with deadlines, and appointments, time clocks and TV shows, everything has a slot and we have to fill it. Not!

When you let God lead as much as possible, time not longer runs you. I quit wearing a watch years ago. I hated the constant thought of what that face told me.

And now we have cell phones that can remind us of our life duties. This is not what God intended. Do you think he wears a watch, the Creator that started time in the first place?

He ordered day and night. He thought of work and rest. He fashioned us to follow a pattern so that productivity would occur.

John 9: 3-5 (RSV) “We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work.

Ephesians 5:15 (RSV) “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise making the most of the time because the days are evil.”

Colossians 1: 29 (RSV) “For this I toil, striving with all the energy which He mightily inspires within me.”

Of course there is the night shift, and afternoons, and many jobs for the laborers, but it is all about using your time wisely and for the glory of God. He gave us this choice.

Psalms 8: 3-6 (RSV) “When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor. Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet,”

God equips us, allows us and expects us to work smart and make the most of His time.

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Jan Ackerson 03/13/08
Isn't it funny how there are two types--those keenly aware of time and those not...I feel naked without my watch, and feel as if I'm wasting time without it.

Id like some more specific examples here, and perhaps a tad more focus. Watch for small typos, too.

I really had to smile at "cell phones are not what God intended". Gotta agree with you there!
Joanne Sher 03/14/08
I enjoyed this piece - much to ponder. I liked your tone especially. Keep writing!
Mo 03/15/08
Great start to this. I thought the scripture references before the quotes interrupted the flow a bit. Good message!