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February 2019

It seems that only yesterday it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Before we know it, we’ll be in the Season of the Cross, and Easter will be upon us. Then, school will be out, and it’ll be summertime. This all reminds me of a poem I came across once:

When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept.

When as a youth I dreamed and talked, time walked.

When I became a full grown man, time ran.

And later as I older grew, time flew.

Soon, as I journey on, I’ll find time gone.

God gives us all 1,440 minutes of time to spend each day. If we spend 8 hours sleeping, which most of us probably don’t, that leaves us with 960 minutes each day to do something with. Imagine being given $960 dollars every day to spend! You know you can’t save it for the next day, and you know you can’t get an advance on tomorrow’s money. You have the spend today’s money today. How would you spend that money? I hope you’d try to spend it as wisely as possible, and I’m almost certain you’d spend as much of it as you possibly could, knowing that you can only spend today’s money today.

What about our time? The time God gives us can only be spent today. We can’t save the time and spend it tomorrow. We can’t get an advance on tomorrow’s time. After subtracting 8 hours for sleep, we’re still left with 960 minutes to do something with. How wisely are we spending the time God gives us, and are we, in the words of the apostle Paul (Colossians 4:5), making the most of the time?

We sometimes talk about “me” time, and that’s fine. But, when we really stop and think about it, all time is God’s time because God made time. So, I encourage you to spend some time today asking God how he wants you to spend his time.

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