It is the wee early morning, and the clock has struck midnight over an hour and half ago. Have you ever wondered as I, why they call it midnight and morning in the same breath? Is it yet night, or is it now morning? Perhaps it seems a bit trivial, and perhaps it reflects what man’s heart already knows, and that is whether it is morning or night, time is escaping us. Time. Now there is nothing trivial about time, though many hours have been wasted trivializing it. If we were all to take a moment to reflect, we too would realize that time itself has become a force in which to contend with, and many of us are losing. We either have too much of it on our hands or not near enough.
Paul warns in Ephesians, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
Lord knows I have wasted time, and at other moments, allowed it to escape me while rushing to and fro in busyness. Time management, or the lack of, has been a sore spot in my soul that has continued to gnaw at my flesh man like a dog with a fresh bone given straight from the marketplace.
I indeed have failed to make the best of my time. For instance, it is customary to find me in a state ready to express myself through words and losing all track of time in the midst of my penning. In fact, Like Dr. Seuss, I have commented on many of an occasion throughout the years, “How did it get so late so soon?” At other times, I am found tossing to and fro with lyrics, verses or deep mysteries mulling around in my head for hours upon my pillow until I am forced to get up and write. Then when daylight comes, like a nocturnal animal, I seek refuge in the warmth of cover and the gentleness of my pillow in which I lay to rest, while the world awakens and begins to race through the day. I do not miss it. I relish in the fact that I have the better of two worlds. I can sleep when needed, write when one must and venture outside when my body says “Let’s go!”
Do not think that I am unlike you, for I am forced to go at times when my body is seriously inquiring, “Are you going to rest?” Sleep deprivation is the result of sporadic life patterns that steal away slumber one minute, one hour or one day at a time and leave us entirely overcome and unable to function naturally. Oh yes, we might paste a smile on our face or force ourselves to glide through the day, all while spending the hours ahead longing for blissful moments of rest. How can we avoid the trap that sleep deprivation causes?
I believe the solution lies in the words that our precious Lord Jesus spoke, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
If we should only humble ourselves, we would make a way to find the time to seek first the Kingdom of God. In doing so, we in turn should find in the center of our seeking of His kingdom—God’s will.
It is clear now. We can find God’s will as spoken in Ephesians by Paul when we find time to seek the Kingdom of God. In our quest, we discover that we are capable of being wise with our time…No, God’s time. If we realize that we are on God’s clock during the day, we then can be more aware of how our time is being spent. I have come to understand that one single moment with God can utterly transform the next hour, days, weeks, and years of my life!
In the New Year, 2015, I am going to make a cognizant decision to seek first His Kingdom, know His will for my life and manage my time wisely.
If we were to realize that this was the last day we would ever live, I would dare to say that not one of us would spend a moment in waste. Mother Teresa said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Does this mean that I am going to be moving fast forward? No. It means that I will enjoy His presence along the way; for in His presence, time is never wasted!
By Jane Morin
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!