I have two weeks fall break in front of me. So I’ve been thinking about how I need to use this extra time. I’ve been praying that God would give me discernment about how to use this time wisely and at the end of it, He would be pleased and I wouldn’t have regrets.
As I thought about projects I’ve wanted to get done for some time now, I realized my list is much longer than will fit into a mere two weeks. It didn’t take long before I began feeling overwhelmed.
While pondering all this, I asked my son, Nathan, What would I need to change to keep a clean, organized house? He quickly responded. Seemingly without even thinking he said,
First of all, you would have to quit doing as much for other people. Then, you would have to kick Abigail and me out of the house.
After I finished laughing and really began reflecting on that answer, I realized there was some truth in it. Although Nathan and Abigail definitely carry their weight around here, there wouldn’t be as much laundry or grocery shopping if they weren’t here. BUT, I’ll take it any day considering the alternative! I love my family and friends.
Suddenly, I was just fine with some mess scattered around, dust on the furniture, and a pile of dirty laundry. In light of eternity, none of that matters….at all!
I’m not implying that a clean house is a bad thing. I am sincerely happy for those who have a system that keeps everything neat and orderly. I’m sure it can be done while effectively ministering to others. I just haven’t figured it out yet. I know I need to make some changes. Please share your tips with me!
We all make decisions everyday about how we spend our time and we all have the same amount of time. The hard truth is, we find time to do what we want to do. It’s wise to be conscious of the brevity of time. We don’t have an unlimited amount.
In Psalm 39:4, David said,
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity (like a vapor). Selah
I like what The Message says in Ephesians 5:11-16.
Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep. Climb out of your coffins. Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
I hope your day is blessed as you walk with the Master redeeming the time.
Keep looking up,