The Gift of Time
In a few days we will take down our 2012 calendars and put away our 2012 day planners. All of the technology will move our cell phones and computers forward to 2013 without a single motion from us. It is already to change because a smart programmer thought ahead—of time.
I looked for credit to give to the person who first wrote the line, “Time marches on” but gave up. I found it in movies and country western songs, and in poetry, and famous quotes. From the day of our first breath to our last, time flows by us. It is a gift from God and how we use it is our responsibility.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:16 “redeeming the time because the days are evil.” Some translations put it, “buy up the time” as if it were a commodity. The ESV puts it, “make good use of your time . . .” The first part of the complete sentence is found in verse 15: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” so the two verses go hand in hand. Those who compiled the Geneva Bible for ease of use sometimes divided sentences into several digestible pieces.
I offer the challenge to myself as well as you, my reader, to make good use of 2013. Before you pursue an activity, ask, is this worthy of my time? God gives us a certain number of days, hours, minutes. We can waste them or use them for the benefit of others. Look at the things you might think of as small—sweeping the floor, sorting dirty clothes, organizing a cabinet, etc as just a chore. Actually, those things are a gift of your time. All those minutes count and will never return to be used again.
Plan your work; work your plan.
Consider how God will bless your gift of time in 2013.