Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
I don’t know about you, but I it seems like more than any time in my life I just don’t have enough time to do all I want to do or even sometimes the things I need to do. I just don’t have time. Now, I know with finishing my doctoral work, having 6 grandchildren with another one on the way, and the normal business of being a pastor, I have a full life. I have often said if I only had one more day this week I could accomplish what is needed and what I want. But the reality is we all have 24 hours each day to manage and we can’t make more…or could we?!?
This question of making time reminds me of a time when I was walking behind a family as they were walking though Downtown Disney. The little boy of this young family was still buzzing with excitement from all he was experiencing, yet the parents seemed a bit weary from the journey. The boy asked, “Daddy, can we get an ice cream?” The dad responded with a monotone, “We don’t have time.” The boy saw the line at the ice cream shop and, though disappointed, continued skipping along. He saw the candy shop and the window where candied apples in all fun designs were being assembled and asked his mom, “Mommy can we please stop and watch?” Before he could finish his sentence he was pulled away, again with the phrase, “We don’t have time. We have to get to the hotel.” I was still behind them as they came close to the Lego store. The kid bolted screaming, “Leeeeggggoooosss!” The dad caught up to the boy and scooped him up with one arm and said, “Look, we don’t have time for all this. We are here to have fun, so let’s go!”
As I watched the boy hanging off of his dad’s arm, he was looking up with glee at the giant Buzz Lightyear made out of Legos. Yet all this made me wonder, was not that little boy trying to make time for fun: enjoying some ice cream, watching the makings of fun treats, or imagining with Legos? Yet, they were off with serious expressions on their face to have fun, whether they liked it or not! Now sure, maybe they had a reservation at a special fun dinner or some fun by the pool, but some times I wonder if we understand the power we have in making choices with the 24 hours we are given each day. See, the truth is we can’t borrow from one day or take from another. Each of us are given by God 24 hours to manage.
Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
To number our days is to manage our time well. It’s like the industriousness of the woman talked about in Proverbs 31:
Proverbs 31:15-18 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.
I was once told by one of my mentors when I was whining that I didn’t have enough time, he said, “The only people who don’t have time are no longer living.” So we are to manage our time well and take time to live.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … a time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance; …a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
There is a power in making time, why not exercise that power!
Church can be a great place to learn some great biblical priorities to help us manage our time. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net.