Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-20
15 So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps. Don’t run around like idiots as the rest of the world does. Instead, walk as the wise! 16 Make the most of every living and breathing moment because these are evil times. 17 So understand and be confident in God’s will, and don’t live thoughtlessly. 18 Don’t drink wine excessively. The drunken path is a reckless path. It leads nowhere. Instead, let God fill you with the Holy Spirit. 19 When you are filled with the Spirit, you are empowered to speak to each other in the soulful words of pious songs, hymns, and spiritual songs; to sing and make music with your hearts attuned to God; 20 and to give thanks to God the Father every day through the name of our Lord Jesus the Anointed for all He has done. (The Voice Translation)
With Thanksgiving fast approaching I thought we would take this week to think about gifts and what we do with the gifts that God has given us. Today I want us to think about the gift of time.
I am one of those people who thinks they never have enough time. And yet, if I were to audit my day, I am sure that I would find huge chunks of it that I waste. I know there are people in this world who never waste time because yes, I live with one of those people! My wife Robin fills every moment with non-wasteful activity. I honestly don’t know how she does it. She makes me exhausted just watching her from my armchair.
Our scripture today reminds us to “make the most of every living and breathing moment.” But what does this mean exactly? I don’t think it has anything to do with us filling our days with activity or avoiding what the world would consider time-wasting. Instead I think it has to do with how we approach the gift of time.
Being a good steward of time does not mean staying busy and avoiding laziness. Instead, I believe it means having an appreciation for the sacredness of time – the holiness of it. Too often we rush through our day with no thought about what is happening in the moment and just how wonderful it is to have the time to do the things we want to do. Time becomes a commodity rather than something to be honored. It becomes something we throw away instead of something we see as a gift from God.
Today, let’s try and be good stewards of time by acknowledging that the moments in our day are holy – to be revered and held in awe instead of consumed and thrown away. Try to remind yourself that each second is a holy gift and should be treated as such – whether we are super busy or just “wasting time”.
God thank you for the gift of time. Help us to be good stewards of the time you give us by treating each moment as holy.