Making the most of time


Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This weekend brought on the time change. In many ways it signals the move from the winter months to spring and eventually those warm days we call summer. I’ve talked with people who enjoy the result of the time change. They love those longer summer evenings so they can enjoy the outdoors in the light of day.

I have to admit that I enjoy them as well. It is so nice to sit in the yard, visiting with friends and family, and just having an enjoyable time with them. Of course it’s always nice when the grandkids come so they can burn off a little bit more of that energy before it’s time for bed. Vicki absolutely loves the light at the end of the day!

But I wish that they would pick a time and just leave it. This falling back and springing forward gets my internal clock messed up for some time after each change. So now I’m trying to get started on the day but there seems to be some sort of problem getting things going.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” It was said that in a normal 70 year life span you spend 1 year on a telephone. That has definitely increased now that we have cell phones!

Paul told the church in Ephesus – “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:15-16). Maybe the best way to ‘make the most of our time’ is to keep springing forward and falling back. But I don’t believe that is the answer for us as Christians.

As we surrender our time to the Lord, He will bless it and use it. He will take the time we have and use it to strengthen our lives. As we make the most of our time we will be aware of all that is going on around us enabling us to stand against the evil that is present. The days ahead of us will bring struggles to our lives.

My prayer in recent days has been for wisdom to know the steps that I should take. Proverbs 3: 5-7 says – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”

As we trust in the Lord, He will direct us in the paths we are to follow and the direction we are to go. As we do this we will be better able to ‘make the most of our time’ and be able to stand against evil in every form.

I am a Roman 3:23 man “sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, but I am also a Romans 10:13 “whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” man. Because of that, I can be a 1 Corinthians 10:13 man for there is within me the strength to resist temptation and escape from it in my life.

My choice for making the “most of my time” today must be Christ. Any other choice will lead me from Him and His perfect will for my life. So as I go through this day I choose to “Trust in the Lord with all my heart, and not to lean on my own understanding.”

As I acknowledge Him, He will make my paths straight. Sounds like a pretty good way to ‘make the most of my time’. Are you ‘making the most of your time’? Trust the Lord and let Him direct you in the path He would have you walk.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul


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