Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Time is at hand

It's 6:07 in the morning. The house is quiet and as I gaze outside my window, it's still pitch black. The only faint light I see is coming from the glowing moon.

I can hear the clock's constant tick... reminding me I only have a set number of minutes before I have to go get ready for my day.

The thing I’ve come to know is that there is a constant war going on for time and energy.

What we do, where we go, who we are with, how much time we spend on it, and the list goes on and on.

Nowadays we seem to be perfect time wasters on the things that don’t to add much value to our life.

Social media has been a big proponent of the way our time spent has changed our generation.

But there’s other things as well that have always been around like television, mindless scrolling on the internet etc…

And I’ve come to a conclusion: that the devil doesn’t really care how we spend our time quite honestly. As long as we’re wasting it.

This scares me. 

There is so much to be done and we only have the time given to us to do it!

I can almost see the hourglass spilling away, the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland chanting... "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!..."

So why would I want to waste the precious time I’ve been given and just throw it away on things that don’t add value to my life or anyone else’s?

Right before Jesus went up to heaven, he left instructions to the ones he loved and his disciples:

// And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be condemned. // Mark 16:15-16

In other words: There is no time to waste!

Now don’t get me wrong I don’t mean to say you can never watch tv or listen to music or enjoy being with people you love. And I'm just as guilty scrolling instagram for inspiration. 

God intended for us to enjoy our lives with people we love, creating and doing the things that bring us joy.

But the difference is to not waste our time on things we know aren’t going to make us any better than we were 5 minutes ago.

Any ideas? I'm sure you can think of a few.

The things that will bring us down instead of lifting us up is what I'm talking about. Things that probably could’ve been replaced with something better.

Good question to ask yourself if what you’re doing is actually just wasting time: Is this going to grow me/help me or someone else in some way?

I think deep down we all know the answer to that.

Me? I want to be present in my life. I want to make sure everything I create, photograph, and write will add value to me and those around me.

I want everything I say on here be a reflection of my life and to glorify the God who made you and me.

I want to have a conversation with my Nonni when I’m at the table, and not look down at my phone as they wander off looking around in silence.

In the blink of an eye, our lives will pass. What scares me the most? Knowing I had a purpose, or in this case I'm gonna call it a mission (because that's so much cooler!), and I never completed it, because I'd rather scroll mindlessly on Instagram.

So let's stop wasting time. It’s too precious to just throw it away on nonsense things. Go and talk with your grandparents. Go take a walk with a friend. Cook something. Make something.
Read a book. Travel to a place you've never been. Take a kickboxing class.

Read the Bible and learn the incredible stories that are in there that you never knew about. There's so much you can learn in a lifetime!

Be intentional… the time is short.