Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 31, 2013

Thought For The Week November 3, 2013

On Sunday, at 2 a.m. we get to add one hour to our day. Isn’t that a fantastic idea? Because we gave up an hour back in April, we get to reclaim it in November. Daylight Savings Time is such a wonderful invention. We actually get to save time and use it later! Oh, if only that were true!

We have all engaged in practices aimed at “saving time.” We use “time saving” gadgets to make projects easier and less time consuming hoping to save time. In the last couple of decades almost all of us have entered the digital age, using cell phones, electronic tablets, laptop computers, and computer networks that are connected real time to an electronic organization that handles our calendars, alarm clocks, messages, workloads, and even leisure time so we can “save time.” My big problem with the electronic freedom I’m supposed to have is that there is so much media, I don’t have time to keep up with it all!

I bring this up because I was thinking about Daylight Saving Time and wondered what we are really saving anyway. All that happens is that we extend the time the sun goes down by one hour during the warmer months when we could do the same thing by getting up an hour earlier. We haven’t really “saved” anything, just rearranged it. For me, it would make more sense to have sundown later in the winter months so it doesn’t get dark so early. But what do I know?

In reality there is no such thing as “saving” time. I wish there was because I would bank as many hours and days as possible and use them as I get older. The truth of the matter is that time continue to march on whether we try to “save” it or not. The important thing for us, as Christians, is to make the most of every minute, hour, and day that God gives us while we are here.

Paul said we should “redeem the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). The way he said we do that is by “walking circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15). What he means is that we should be very careful how we live. The fool lives as he wants but the wise one listens to God and orders his life after His guidance and direction (the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, Proverbs 9:10). Paul covers that in Ephesians 5:17, be not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

One of the Psalms asks the Lord to “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). What is he saying? My take is that we must look at our lives and realize we only have today, right now, and there is no guarantee of tomorrow. Since that is true, the best choice is to follow Godly wisdom all the time. Don’t think that I can act foolishly for a while because I’ve got time to turn back and get things right later. You don’t get to save time! You can’t go to the bank and get some more. So use what you have now to fulfill God’s best in your life.

As we approach the most hectic time of year for me and likely for you, how will you redeem the time? Can you find a way to let the life of Jesus permeate all of your holiday plans and activities? That is a way to redeem the time. Will you look ahead and say, “OK, I have six weeks here that will strain my time management skills, but I don’t want the pace to keep me from meaningful connection with the Lord or with those I love and influence most.” How might you turn the frantic pace into opportunity to share the life Jesus has given you with others?

Are we saving daylight? Not really. But can we redeem the time? Absolutely. Let me know how you will do that! Happy Fall Back! Just thinking.

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