Ecclesiastes 3:1: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”NIV
Time marches on…
Time stands still…
Time after time…
Time heals all…
Time is on your side…
Time is a window of opportunity…
Time is of the essence…
As time goes by…
A time for us…
Three weeks ago as I was preparing to go to Virginia to help my daughter and her husband move into their home, I was very aware of the number of days that I would be gone from my home and what I needed to do before I left. Time, however, got away from me and some of the things that I wanted to get finished were left undone until I returned. Time has a way of doing that. We think that we have more time than we actually do; however, it often comes down to the fact of how we manage our time as to whether or not we get all of those projects finished.
Even the best laid-out plans sometimes need to be changed. For example, while I was there, I painted their bedroom, dining and living room. However, we ran out of paint and I could not finish the hallway or foyer because the paint store did not have the base color we needed. I, therefore, decided to do some other things around their home such a washing their clothes and emptying as many boxes as I could before I left the following morning. I still felt that I accomplished a lot, and they did too.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time for everything, and it further states that there is a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Time is a gift from God and how we manage our time is part of God’s plan for us. He expects us not to waste this precious gift. But I, too, have been guilty of wasting time or at least not making the most of this gift. We only have one life so let us rejoice in this gift every day and ask God’s guidance to use it (time) wisely.
Just when I had been thinking about time management, the Lord directed me to a fantastic ebook that I downloaded on my Kindle entitled, “Attack Your Day” by Mark Woods and Trapper Woods. This ebook explains that “every day we are given three incredible gifts: the gift of time, without which activities cannot be executed; the gift of personal energy, essential for doing the activities; and the gift of choice, to determine what activities we will do.”
Let us make the most of these incredible gifts in how we plan our day, the activities that we do, and choosing wisely what we want out of life. There is a time for everything and for every activity under heaven. Let His word be our guide and rely on His guidance in all that we do.
Reading during July: “Attack Your Day” by Mark Woods and Trapper Woods; “Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen” by Richard Paul Evans; and “Inferno” by Dan Brown.
Blessings on you,