Today my dear, dear friend Kayla from Renown and Crowned is sharing with us about what she has learned about redeeming the time. Enjoy! (Then go snuggle your kids…)
Yesterday. Just yesterday I graduated from high school. Wasn’t it yesterday? No? Oh, that’s right. It was over 5 years ago.
Then, it was just yesterday I got married. It must’ve been yesterday. Oh – it wasn’t? I remember now… It was nearly 2 years ago.
Well, I know matter o’ factly that yesterday I held my son in my arms for the first time. Actually, it was a year ago.
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Ps. 90:12 (NKJV)
I remember growing up wondering what the future would look like. Goodness – I still wonder what the future will look like! But as I reminisce on the days, weeks, and months gone by, I recognize so many trivial things that usurped my time.
Conflict with others
Frustration with circumstances entirely outside of my control/influence
Distractions – usually online in nature
I also recall the joyous ways my time was spent.
Encouraging and receiving encouragement
New experiences with my husband and, later, my son
Cooking meals, washing dishes, doing laundry (these were not joyous when my attitude was not right)
Reading God’s Word and educational/inspirational books
If I had to narrow these lists down to common denominators, the first list is primarily self-centered while the second list is mainly other-centered. If only I could remember this when I evaluate how to spend my time each day!
Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. – Prov. 31:25 (NKJV)
For this schedule lover (though not always schedule follower!), I like to think my time is precious to me, but I can easily recount many ways I’ve wasted little minutes today. I remember when my husband called to me, “Come, look!” at whatever our son was doing, and I replied, “I can’t!” I had the opportunity to make the most of my time, but I couldn’t set down the food I was chopping or the towel I was using to wipe the counter.
There are plenty of articles, posts, and books available for how to “save” time. The truth is: we can’t save it. We can become more efficient but once the time is used, it’s gone. It cannot be regained; it cannot be relived.
We may not be able to regain or relive the past, but we can adjust our choices and change our behavior to make the most of our “future” (10 minutes from now is the future. Three days from now is the future. Six months from now is the future.). Personally, I want a scale weighted more in the direction of other-centered, joyous uses of time than self-centered, trivial ones.
What is one thing you will choose to do or not do today to embrace the time you’re given and “make the most of it?”
Kayla is an adopted child of God, the wife of an aviation major, and momma to an amazing little guy. Her days brim with “adventure,” which may be more accurately translated “figuring out what ‘homemaking’ means” for her family. She would love for you to join her journey over at Renown and Crowned.