Thankfulness: Time

Our society is obsessed with time. We’re always running somewhere or trying to beat the clock in someway. As a kid I would put something in the microwave, set the timer, and then see if I could accomplish another task and get back to the kitchen before the time was up. Movies are made about people stealing time or traveling back or forward through time. In business we’re trying to maximize our time and get the most productivity out of the fewest hours put in. Time is a finite resource that we’ve been tasked to steward well.

For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

I so thankful for the time that I’ve been allotted. I’m thankful that there’s an appropriate time for certain activities. I often get so focused on work or achieving my goals that I can lose sight of the fact that there’s a time for other things as well. There’s time for rest. There’s time for laughter. There’s time for friendships. There’s time for creating. There’s time for spontaneity. There’s time for staying just a little longer. There’s time for reading a good book or savoring a delicious meal. There’s time for health and there’s time for hope.

If you’re reading this, then that means that you’re not too late. If there’s something that’s burning in your heart to do, you can begin today. Let’s know the season we’re in and do our best to make the most out of every day we’ve been given.

Lord, you created the seasons of our lives and know exactly how much time has been given to us. We don’t always steward our time well, but today we acknowledge how thankful we are for the precious moments we do have. Please make clear to us the season we’re in so that we use time to the best of our ability. Amen!


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