Where does the time go?

Every few weeks at work a colleague and I look at the wall planner and say, “Can’t believe its February already,” or whatever month it happens to be.  Every year the weeks seem to fly by more quickly and we wonder to where the year is disappearing.

The same thing happens every week, “Oh no, its Monday again.  Wednesday – we’ve made it half way through.  Thursday, good, nearly the weekend.”  And before you know it Monday comes round again.

It’s very easy to spend your time wishing the weeks and months away on order to get to the next landmark on the horizon, whether it be the weekend, a holiday you have planned, or a party in the near future.

The days disappear now that our lives are so busy.  How often do you wish there were more than 24 hours in a day to get everything done?  How often does the week seem to whizz by without you having time to think, and without you seeming to have accomplished anything?  How many things are left undone?

Of course the main point of this thought process is to say, “How can we make time for God in our lives?”  It’s not always easy.  In today’s 24 hour society, with constant communications and non stop work, family and lifestyle commitments sometimes it can be a struggle.

So how can we stop, take some time out, live in the present, and spend the little time we have in ways that are pleasing to God?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Find a quiet time for yourself and use this time, preferably the same time every day, to pray or read the Bible.  It only has to be ten minutes.  Perhaps it’s the ten minutes peace before the kids get up in the morning.  Perhaps it’s a few minutes on your commute to work if you use public transport.  Perhaps there is ten minutes spare before you go to bed.
  • If you are busy rushing from appointment to appointment and genuinely never stop, in next week’s diary book in an appointment with YOU for half an hour.  Use this time to focus on the present, chill out, and spend some time with God.
  • At the end of each day, instead of thinking about what you haven’t done, think about what you HAVE accomplished instead.  Something is always better than nothing.  If you spent ten minutes reading the Bible that’s great.  It’s ten times better than no minutes reading the Bible!
  • Go easy on yourself.  There is so much pressure to get everything done to high standards.  Don’t be too much of a perfectionist.  If your kid wants you to read him a story, is that more important than vacuuming the floor?  Sometimes the answer must be yes!

It can be very difficult to make time for yourself, and time for God in your life, but to have a balanced life where you are refreshed instead of frazzled it has to happen.

The wisest man in the Bible, King Solomon, came to the conclusion that although there are many things we can spend our time doing, and many things that we can accomplish, God is most important thing for us to focus on:

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Lets therefore try to use our time in the best possible way, and ask God to help us spend our time wisely on the way to the kingdom, knowing that every second we have is a gift from Him.

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