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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Minute(s) (as in time) (03/03/11)

TITLE: The Quality Of A Minute
By Steven Kellen


What are your minutes like these days? Have you really examined them to see how well used thy are? Are they worn and frazzled from over use? Used the same way day after day without the cleansing of being changed - being aired out with the chance of being freshened by a new way of doing things that delights and inspires - that keeps your minutes young, exciting and vibrant?

Are your minutes stretched tight like a pair of old panty hose in mid run? Are your minutes strung out like a sling shot at full pull - so full of tension it’s ready to snap? Perhaps your minutes could use a little relaxation. Try slowing down so you don’t rip your minutes apart in mid stride. Try letting go and stop trying to cram the whole day into a minute. Who knows, the your day might appreciate it!

Are your minutes jammed full like the mouth of a gerbil who has stored a full jar of sun flower seeds in its cheeks? Are your minutes jammed up like a cage of golf balls at the driving range? Are your minutes are so full of activities you can’t possibly do everything? You might try giving a minute to others who would enjoy the opportunity of sharing one with you! Trying to cram too much into your minutes is like trying to hit six golf balls at once; you will hook, slice, top or generally misdirect all of them. You can’t power drive all your activities at the same time, so why not save some activities for others to enjoy? Take your time, ease up on your swing, let all the components of your swing focus on one objective, on minute at a time. Each activity will sail by more smoothly and you will accomplish far more than you expect in your day. Shouldn’t life be a “relaxation and swing improvement range” rather than a “cram it in quickly” driving range?

Have you examined the quality of your minutes lately? Perhaps it would be useful to give them a little breathing space and elbow room. With God there is no such thing as the limitation of time. Stop trying to stretch time and cram it full of every conceivable activity within the shortest amount of time possible. Take the time to step into a quiet place with God; to “be still and know that I am God;”1 to hear the beauty of silence; to breathe deeply of the oneness of the Holy One who gives to us freely of goodness and joy. Then you will begin to be able to live into God’s will for your minutes, to “Be joyful always, pray continually (and to) give thanks in all circumstances.”2 Then your minutes begin to be more meaningful and come together so that they all be filled with the fullness of God, rather than the fullness of activity.

1 Psalm 46:10 NIV
2 I Thessalonians 5:16 NIV

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/13/11
You make some really good points. It felt a little preachy to me, but the first part I could have seen you turning it into a rhyme and make it into a song. You wrote some really great advice and the scriptures in the end were great.
Sunny Loomis 03/15/11
Nice job. Good advice. Thank you.