Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Time Is A Four Letter Word

Time is how we measure the existence or duration of something.  Our calendars are full of appointments with times next to them, we express our age based on a measurement of time, we describe our children by stating their year in school.  When you’re young, time drags on forever, and as you get older, it seems to zoom by leaving us to wonder where all of it went.  We often say “ I just don’t have time.”  The truth is, we all have the same amount of hours in a day, and we all must choose what to do with those hours.  When you prioritize your day to maximize the use of your time, is spending time in Scripture and praying at the top of your list, somewhere in the middle, or is it a flexible item at the bottom that can be skipped if need be?

First off, to quote my childhood preacher, “I’m preaching at me, and letting it run off on you.”  God wants to be in the center of my heart.  He wants to be in the center of yours too.  It’s interesting that one of the greatest gifts He gives women is to be a mother, and boy, do kids take up a lot of time.  It’s easy to give our children that coveted center spot.  We want to protect them, and we want them to be the best at everything so we schedule ourselves and them with lessons and practices and tutoring sessions until we hear ourselves saying, “ I just didn’t have time..”.  There’s nothing wrong with lessons or practices or tutoring as long as God still has priority, and we acknowledge Him as the giver of these children, as we humbly and lovingly accept the role as their protectors, teachers, and providers. 

Television is a big issue with time too.  I love sitting with my family and watching tv.  There’s nothing wrong with watching tv, but the amount of time I spend watching it compared to the amount of time I spend in God’s Word is embarrassing for me to even share.  If this speaks to you, let me go further.  There are several of us that have struggled with watching shows that we enjoyed, but knew they weren’t good for us.  If you feel convicted to turn it down or off when your kids come in the room, ask yourself why you’re watching it.  I, Kim, am speaking as a recovered addict of the Real Housewives of Everything.

If it isn’t television for you it might be Candy Crush, Facebook, or many other things…even ministry. Yep, that’s right.  Doing good things for the Lord can actually overtake the priority of studying His word and praying because “I just don’t have time..”  That’s a dangerous place to dwell.  It doesn’t feel dangerous, but that’s what make it even more so.  God isn’t honored when we work so hard for Him that we forget to read, pray, or when our family is neglected by our service.

A popular saying is that time changes everything, but God’s word doesn’t change. Ever.  People will tell you to “Get with the times”, well okay but we need to be in alignment with God’s word and that doesn’t change no matter how many kids we have, how many tv shows are created, how many games are downloaded, how many friends we keep up with on social media, or how many ministries we are serving in.

Somehow, we need to find a happy medium so that we can enjoy all of these things and still put God at the top of the list. 
  • ·         Talk to Him about your kids and their lives.  Ask Him to guide them and you as you parent them.
  • ·         Ask God to “nudge” you when the shows you are watching are sneakily harming your spiritual growth.
  • ·         Ask God to show you which ministries you should be involved in, and to help you examine your motives in saying Yes before you get involved.

There is no greater witness to others about your relationship with God than the way you invest your time.
If your calendar could talk, what would it say about you and your relationship with God?

Passages to Ponder:
I John 5:21- Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
Revelation 2:3-4 You have patiently suffered for me without quitting.  But I have this complaint against you.  You don’t love me or each other as you did at first.
Matthew 6:33- Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

Contributors:  Karen Bromby, Catherine Caracio, Kathy Derda and Kim McClure

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