Adventures in Faith: Against the Clock

adventures in faithThere is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 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 from embracing, 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. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Ponder It.

What always seems to take a long time for you—either to get something done or to wait for something?

When does time seem to fly by for you?

If you could change one thing about time, what would it be, and why?

Receive It.

Many games and sports are measured against the clock. Sometimes, we make up games on our own, challenging ourselves to get somewhere by a certain time, beat our “best” time getting ready, rushing through something to get it done with as little pain and inconvenience as possible, and so on. We frequently feel as if we’re running against the clock. Some things take a shorter time, and some take a longer time. And sometimes it’s just the perspective of time, when something we dread feels like it takes longer or something we enjoy feels like it takes shorter time. Perspective matters when time is involved.

God is beyond time. He always has been and always will be. He created us to live for a designated time on earth, confined by His time. Just because He knows the time we’ll live here on earth, we don’t. There’s a lot we don’t know about time. Yet we’re confined by it. And we often feel controlled by it—but we’re not. Time invites us to trust God. Time invites us to yield to God, to offer ourselves and every detail of our lives to Him. Time isn’t ours to control. It’s a gift to open, enjoy, and appreciate. Just as athletes don’t waste time as the clock is running, we can’t either. Our clocks are running. Every single second that goes by is one less moment we get to live on earth—one less opportunity we have to grow toward God, to honor Him with our lives. We can’t capture time, but we can certainly waste it. Or not.

Live It.

Set your watch or phone alarm to go off several times throughout the day. When the alarm sounds, take a moment and consider what you’re currently doing. Are you relying on God, trusting Him to guide every step you’re taking? Are you using the time He’s giving you well, or are you letting distractions cause you to lose time you can never get back? Commit to the giving God every second of every minute of every hour of every day.

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