All that we have is from God. We know this – at least in theory.
Our money belongs to Him, the skills and abilities we have were given to us by Him, and He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
But all includes our time as well. Time is a gift and a trust. Each day is given to us by God to use for His kingdom and his glory. Sadly we often spend the time given to us on ourselves.
There are endless tips and courses on prioritizing, time management, and finding the ever-elusive balance in life. We can list all of our responsibilities and activities and rate them in order of importance, eliminating the ones of lesser value. We can track our days to see how we are spending our time, then implement tools to help us manage it more effectively. And we can strive to balance all the areas of our lives, equally allotting time to each area of importance (but life rarely works like that – have you noticed?).
All of these are good. But there is one practice for faithfully stewarding our time that far exceeds them all.
Simply ask God
Because time is a gift from the Creator and our goal is to faithfully steward each resource He so freely gives, we need to ask Him how He would like us to spend our days.
You may wonder and even begin to worry that if you ask Him, He might ask more of you. But remember:
It is the world and the culture that demands we do more and more. We are not asking the world, we are asking the Father who ordained our days and wrote each one in His book before the foundation of the world.
And He gives us enough time to complete what He’s called us to do.
The Faithful Steward
You may know the story. A man goes away on a long trip, and before he does, he calls all of his servants together and entrusts various amounts of money to them, dividing it in proportion to their abilities. When he returns from the trip, he finds two have been faithful, doubling the amount he had given them, but one servant was not. So what little he had was taken away and given to the faithful servants.
When Jesus finishes telling this story, He says:
|To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. ~ Matthew 25:29 (NLT)|
I know each day has 24 hours – no more, no less. But I wonder, if we use well the time we’ve been given, can God multiply our time? Will He smooth out the path in front of us and eliminate possible glitches that drain our time? Will He increase our efficiency and productivity, in effect lengthening our days?
We will all give an account for how we used our days on earth. Let’s be faithful stewards.
The Seasons of Life
There are seasons in life. Some of you are in the midst of diapers and bottles and midnight feedings. Others are chasing around toddlers and cleaning endless messes. Still others spend their days behind a desk and helping with homework and running children to various activities. And some of you are tending to grandchildren and ministering to those who are sick.
Whatever season life finds you in, know this: There is a time for everything.
|For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)|
When you are changing diapers, maybe you can’t be involved in church ministry as much as you’d like. When you are in the middle of a big work project, maybe you can’t participate in your favourite sport.
God has a purpose for you in each season.
And the seasons change. This one will not be like the next. Be willing to ask God what His priority is for you during this season of your life.