Early this week my wife and I ask God’s blessings upon our diaries. This way got us to think about how we use time in the year ahead of us and how we can consecrate some of our time in the greater good. The question is how can we make the sense of time as God’s gift.
We are living in a busy world where most of us feel rushed. I believe setting priorities to include offering of time to someone or something that needs time is of a great richness.
Book of Ecclesiastes says that everything on the earth is for season and time. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.
One of my aims this year is to include in my priorities list a life -giving times, peace-making times and joyful times. A time for friendship and love.
Billy Graham’s 3 biggest regrets are around use of time- He would have love to spend more time studying God’s word not just for preaching purpose, more time with other believers so that he can be challenged and encouraged and more time with the family.
Click https://billygraham.org/story/notable-quotes-from-billy-graham/ to read it in his words. He says on regrets:
Although I have much to be grateful for as I look back over my life, I also have many regrets. I have failed many times, and I would do many things differently. For one thing, I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family.
When I look back over the schedule I kept thirty or forty years ago, I am staggered by all the things we did and the engagements we kept. Sometimes we flitted from one part of the country to another, even from one continent to another, in the course of only a few days. Were all those engagements necessary? Was I as discerning as I might have been about which ones to take and which to turn down? I doubt it. Every day I was absent from my family is gone forever. Although much of that travel was necessary, some of it was not.
I would also spend more time in spiritual nurture, seeking to grow closer to God so I could become more like Christ. I would spend more time in prayer, not just for myself but for others. I would spend more time studying the Bible and meditating on its truth, not only for sermon preparation but to apply its message to my life. It is far too easy for someone in my position to read the Bible only with an eye on a future sermon, overlooking the message God has for me through its pages.
And I would give more attention to fellowship with other Christians, who could teach me and encourage me (and even rebuke me when necessary).
About one thing I have absolutely no regrets, however, and that is my commitment many years ago to accept God’s calling to serve Him as an evangelist of the Gospel of Christ.
This year I really want God’s help to be sensitive to opportunities to spend time in His presence in prayers and studying of his word, time with other believers and friends as well as paying attention to my family. The scripture says
“making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16)