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Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.
~Charles Caleb Colton

You’ve heard it said: Time is fleeting.

I’m fairly sure it’s my age, mid-life crisis, menopause…whatever…but I’m feeling the passing of time much quicker these days. 

We’re in the birthday season at our house.  My youngest just turned fourteen, the middle one is now seventeen and the oldest will be twenty soon.  MAN!!  I don’t know where the time went?

In my mind’s eye they are all stuck at four, seven and ten.  Those were fun, active years.  Lots of running around exploring new things, meeting new people, and learning new words.  Words like…friendship.

Nicky lived across the street.  He was the same age as Kellen, my middle guy.  At seven they had a love/hate relationship.  Some days they were the best of friends.  Many mornings we would see Nicky sitting on the curb, staring at the front door, waiting for Kellen to come out and play.  He would let us know he’d been waiting for hours and “why did I let Kellen sleep so late?” 

Usually their days began in peace.  But some days, and I’m not sure why — testosterone surges (?) — they would fight about everything.  It didn’t matter what the cause, they could get into some vicious wrangles before I knew what had happened.  All of the sudden I’d hear Kellen coming in the door, screaming at the top of his lungs, “Look what Nicky did to me!!!”

Of course, this would lead mothers to conference.  Both being school teachers, we were used to this type of occurrence and understood “boys will be boys.”  We would work them through reconciliation and off they’d run, two happy go-lucky kids, once again.

I miss those days. 
I miss that Time when disagreements could be reconciled in an afternoon. 
I miss the simpler struggles.

I do know we all have been given these days for a purpose. And, being a Christian, I believe the purpose is wrapped up in God’s wisdom…God’s ways…God’s sovereignty.

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. ~Ecclesiastes. 3:1

And we’ve been given some words of warning for how we are to redeem the time we’re given:

Be very careful, then, how you live not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. ~Ephesians 5:16

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. ~Colossians 4:5

I want to be effective. I want to create the change I long to see. I want to be used of God to make a difference. Yet, before I know it, Time has passed and I’m still not where I want to be.  (Did I just quote MLKing and Bono in the same paragraph?)

In my wanderings and my wonderings, I imagine God is using The Time He’s given. And even though I can’t get my mind around all of the seemingly “wasted” time, what if those are the moments He’s redeeming? For His glory? What if He’s working His will when I cannot even imagine that good is happening? What if He’s working to reconcile all things to Himself…as His Word teaches.

And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. ~2 Corinthians 5:18

How are you using the time He’s given?
What are you doing with your days?
Are you making the most of your God-given opportunities?

Or are you in a place of wondering, praying He’ll redeem The Time,…

…hoping He’ll give you more,…for His glory?

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15 responses »

  1. Honestly, I’m a bit beaten with all of this in the past couple of days… wondering how my confinement and limitations can serve Him, the more that is taken away… but I keep looking.

  2. He has a plan in it all, Gitz. I sure don’t mean for that to sound cliche, but I know it does. It is hard to know, in our disabilities, to see what He’s doing. When we can’t see the product in which we’ve participated, it’s tough to recognize what He’s doing. I know.

    We have to trust that He knows best. Our “forebearing spirit” is a huge part of what we can do. “Let your gentle behaviour be clear to all men. The Lord is near.” ~Phil. 4:5

    For us, it may have more to do with love in attitude than action…

    Love you, Gitz! You’ve got mail! 😉

  3. I don’t know how much ‘help’ this may be… on the other hand it might just help you find what you seek?

    Either way…

    God is infinite. To most that means something unimaginably huge.

    We humans often think that must mean His Plans are enormously grand and that even though we are not infinite and in fact are quite small compared to God that somehow to have a part in His Plan we must need do something unsurpassably ‘Grand’ in scope.. to somehow ‘be worthy’. or something ‘more’ than we are or feel we are able to do right now at least.

    A God who is infinite is capable of perfect detail no matter how ‘BIG’ or how ‘small’.

    I would encourage you to consider the ‘possibility’ that the Grandness of God’s plan might have a part that is just exactly ‘your’ size and does not have a major role in it – or receipient of the ‘Glory’ – for anyone other than yourself.

    Just maybe the only one you are supposed to be ‘helping’ – is yourself in this case? At least until you reach a particular ‘goal’ or ‘target’ He has in mind for you?

    Maybe at this point in your life God has something that is JUST between you and Him and other plans for other people who need to learn to work together to achieve their role in the unimaginably vast individual ‘parts’ we all play ‘together into one enormous great ‘whole’… even without necessarily us doing anything more than figuring out what it is our current ‘condition’ has to do with His ‘greater’ ( although it is already infinitely great’) Glory.. and what it is we can learn from this particular and quite unique set of circumstances we have been gifted with – that we are all so thankful foras instructd – Right? :-).

    It can be a hard concept to grasp, as i know all to well.

    You can do it! 🙂

    <B

  4. “…what it is we can learn from this particular and quite unique set of circumstances we have been gifted with…”

    Well, actually, Love, I could have quoted the whole thing, but I found this to be the best summary of your words. I do believe this is true. It is about what we are learning, given our unique set of circumstances.

    The plans He has in each of our lives, and in the vast universe, are beyond our understanding. He’s got something He’s doing that we cannot always see and we might not know ’til we see Him. The glass darkly concept of 1Cor. 13, right?

    Thank you, Brother Love. I appreciate your wisdom. 😉

  5. Excellent post, Michelle. Wow, you’re right about the time thing. I figure by your next post, I’ll be….uh….80? And no, I haven’t used my time wisely. At least, not as wisely as an aging man should.

  6. 1 Cor 13 indeed Sis! 😀

    Now – having said what i said before, to add just a small ‘clarification’…

    As i mentioned in a recent post of mine on Quotes, none of us are in this ‘alone’. We all have ‘relationships’ with others here on earth, some of whom we never actually see but who can influence us in ways we never fully realise (or sometimes even recognise!)

    So in terms of our purpose and our success while we are down here and His Plan for us it also involves the way we interact with those people, our influences may be small – but they can be of tremendous importance, either to our own growth… or to the growth of those with whom we have relationship (even if that relationship totals just one spoken sentence – or a touch of a hand and a smile)

    It is never all about just us, but sometimes we need to allow ‘us’ to be ‘enough’ and not place the pressure of ‘failure’, the label, upon ourselves.

    Similarly, we are not to place responsibility for another’s actions on our own shoulders – we all have quite enough to deal with just in accepting responsibility for our own actions 🙂

    I hope that made some sense? 🙂

  7. Time is not my friend today.

    The days have not been too kind, either.

    And I do not quite think that I have made the best of my God-given opportunities-certainly not in human terms, at least.

    But, He is making the best of me.

    Even when time is my nemesis.

    And the days are so cruel I want an exit.

  8. Hey, Tim! Considering I post much more often than you, you won’t be 80 by my next post, but, by yours…definitely! Of course, it’s not like you don’t have plenty to do. Now, how in the world do you think you’re wasting time? I’d say the work you do every day is making a difference…don’tcha think? 😉

    Yes, Love! “…our influences may be small – but they can be of tremendous importance, either to our own growth… or to the growth of those with whom we have relationship…”

    Makes much sense, thank you. 🙂

    Hey, Nor. I think you need rest…hours and hours of deep, restful sleep. I hope you get it today. Sometimes that’s the best we can do for ourselves, when things appear bleak. But, as a very wise friend has continued to tell me, “Keep seeking the sunrise.”

    Sunrises come with each new day.

    You did say it well, “But, He is making the best of me.”

    He certainly is.
    Take heart.
    You are loved. 😉

  9. How am I wasting time? Hmmm, it’s hard to put my finger on. I have a family who loves me and one of the most exciting jobs in the world, yet I just can’t get past the feeling that something is missing. There is a constant hollowness in my life that increases with each passing year. How’s that for a confession?

    I have a feeling I know what you think I need, but for whatever reason, I fight it every step of the way. Sup with that?

  10. That’s quite a confession, Tim, and a very honest one. Fighting it every step of the way? I’m not really sure what’s up with that.

    It sounds like you’re thirsty for more. If I could, I would try to persuade you that Christ is the answer for your hollowness. I do believe that. We all have that hollow spot that only God can fill.

    But I don’t think trying to persuade you is the answer. You’ve heard one of the best preachers around — I’m no match for Charles Stanley — and your wife has certainly been a great example of Christ’s love toward you.

    You might try asking Him. It’s worth a shot. “Why can’t I believe? Why am I fighting You so hard?” I do believe He’ll answer an honest request.

    He already knows everything about you. He knows more about you than you know yourself, and He still loves you. He cares for you even more than your family does…believe it or not.

    But please, Tim, don’t hear me say that all your troubles will be gone once you’ve given yourself to God. He doesn’t erase our troubles, but He does forgive our sins. ALL our sins. And He will help you walk through the days.

    It’s much easier having Someone who will never walk away…Who knows all your crap and still loves you…and will help you to understand Life more fully, having given freedom to walk in forgiveness. When that burden is gone, the burden of unconfessed sin, a huge weight is lifted.

    He will give you Life and Help through His Spirit.
    He promised.

    Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes in Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’” ~John 7:37-38

  11. In my wanderings and my wonderings, I imagine God is using The Time He’s given. And even though I can’t get my mind around all of the seemingly “wasted” time, what if those are the moments He’s redeeming?

    This stopped me in my tracks, got goosebumps, and had to read it over a couple times. This is just like what I was blogging about with waste. ‘Seemingly wasted.’ Indeed. We do not see things as He does. He does have a purpose. Even for what we think is ‘wasted.’ hm.

  12. Hey, Sparkle! I pray He will redeem the time that appears wasted. You remember what Psalm 139 says about our days being written in His book before there was even one of them? I read a book once by Gordon MacDonald (I think) called, Ordering Your Days. It really helped me to see that if I want to honor Him with my time, I need to be asking Him to order my days. And to be listening for His still small voice…the gentle nudges to do His will throughout the day.

    Love you, Annie! You are a joy to me. 😉

  13. It really helped me to see that if I want to honor Him with my time, I need to be asking Him to order my days.

    Dang, girl, you’re on my tail. I was just (like – last hour) talking to God about how to do this. Just. Ask Him to order my days. Hm. I really need to chew on that. Actually … can I have another piece (of meat to chew)?

  14. I’d give more if I had it, Annie. Feeling a bit starved today…I guess it’s time to delve deep into the Word (Me, not you).

  15. No worries! I was busy and only just got back to this post. 🙂 Be blessed abundantly today, my lovely friend!

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