No excuses, make an effort: Time well spent

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word time? Most would probably say “I need more of it.” I certainly have felt that way before. But do we really need more? Or is it that we have become a total time wasting culture? A culture that ultimately has replaced the important things in life with things that in the end are “meaningless” as the Teacher in Ecclesiastes puts it.

Have you ever examined your life, your day-to-day, and looked at the areas you spend the most time in? Because truthfully, I think, that what we value in life can often be determined by what we spend our time doing.

Here is what I would say I value most. The following things are what I want others to see and know that I place the utmost importance on. Ultimately I value relationship. First my relationship with Christ, second with my husband, third my children, and then family, friends ect.

Where do I spend the MOST time? Well I spent a lot of time on my phone. Sometimes this aids in remaining connected with family and friends however it also is a way for me to check out on a game of scramble. I spend a lot of my time on the computer. I got rid of my facebook because it wasted a lot of my time, but I have found other ways to waste time online through, email, searching the web, and as of late pinterest. Which by the way I waste more time “pinning” ideas for things that will probably NEVER get accomplished. I do spend time with my husband and children, but we live together, so more often than not it isn’t quality time. I spend time in prayer and reading God’s Word, but once I have finished my reading “plans”, I’m usually finished. If I loved him the way I say I do and truly want to, I should have a harder time finishing up with him, then wanting to finish and move on to the next entertaining thing. Before I became pregnant I spent a lot of time running and focusing on my outward appearance. And I have been known to spend time watching TV as well. These things are not all bad things but I’d like to challenge myself to spend time investing in what I say is and should be THE MOST important things in my life.

Here is something I have asked myself as well. What area of my life do I feel the most successful in right now? Whatever it is I’ve gotten really good at, is where I am spending the majority of my time. But how bout those areas of my life that I feel like there is no hope for…. if I’m really honest with myself I’d have to say I may need to re-prioritize my life.

This idea of time well spent is an ongoing exercise. Something that I need to constantly be checking on, evaluating and re-evaluating. Pretty much every morning I should start my day with “Lord, I want to love you and glorify you in EVERYTHING I do. Show me how to spend EACH moment. Show me what needs my time most, what area do I need to invest in today? Give me the strength, wisdom, and grace to spend my time glorifying you, not myself.”

The fact is we have plenty of time for what should be our priorities in life. We have time for Jesus, we have time for church, we have the time for our marriages, we have the time to read to our kids and play with them, we have time for those friends that need us, we have time for whatever we are willing to MAKE the time for.

I suppose I could also start my day with the question “Katie, what are you willing to make time for? And Katie, how does GOD want you to spend your time today?” The Holy Spirit is alive in me, and all I have to do is be willing to listen and obey. Paul tells us in Philippians 2:15 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

I absolutely do not want my life to be a reflection of all the things I did for MYSELF that in the scope of eternity means nothing. What I do want is for my life to reflect that of Christ. Christ laid down His life for me! I love what Philippians 2:5-7 says about having the same attitude as Christ. From the Message: Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. And He did this for you and me so that we could have relationship and eternal life with Him.

I want to spent my time in a manner that honors God, not because I have to or feel obligated to. He has saved my life, a life that apart from him is worthless. What better way to respond to that sacrifice, that GIFT, with a desire and an attitude that says “Take this life, take all my time, my energy, my focus, and help me to use it to glorify YOU.” That is what I pray my time will say about me.

 

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