Stan began our time together by saying, “I was talking to a neighbor last night about coming to a Bible study group I am thinking of putting together.”
“What was his response?” I asked.
“It was a her, and she said, in essence, that she really didn’t have time for that.”
“How did you respond to that? I asked.
“Well, it was interesting,” Stan said. “Before I could even respond, she gave me a whole list of the things that took her time and would keep her from committing to a Bible study.”
“So she had some legitimate excuses?” I responded.
“It is not for me to judge,” Stan said, “but what she used as excuses opened me to want to pray for her to see the difference between using time for things that are important and those that are not.”
Continuing, Stan said, “Obviously, we all have the same number of minutes, hours, and days each week. How that time is spent is always a choice. Sometimes the choice is between something clearly bad and something not so bad, but often the choice is between something that is good and something that is better.”
Concluding, Stan said, “I try always to be guided by the Holy Spirit in the choices I make in how I utilize the time I have remaining on this side of eternity. I never want to say that I don’t think I have time for something God has for me. I have the time. It is just a matter of how I choose to use it.”
Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15, 16.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the time you allow me to have. Only you know how many days I have before it is time for me to step onto the train to be with you eternally, but I want to use each hour of each day for you and for your purposes. Please forgive all of my unwise use of the time you allow me to have. Please, Lord, lead me in the choices I make for the time I have. And please move me to want to follow you in how I use that time. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.