Wednesday, December 29, 2010

TIME


As the New Year approaches, this year, like every year in the past, I cannot help but become a little sentimental as I begin to reflect on the time I have been given.

Time is a funny thing- some days we wish it away as we eagerly await an exciting event… and other days we wish for it to stop- as we try to savor and hold onto that moment we have waited for.

Time is something that affects our every day- and yet often we loose track of it- and other moments we cannot take our eyes off of it.

I read this written somewhere the other day and thought it was worth sharing.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

One thing that that Lord has laid on my heart this past year is that TIME is our LIFE.

Each moment of every day we have been given is our life.

And I cannot help but to wonder how much of my life I have wasted on things that have no eternal value…

Often in the Christian world we say we 'gave Jesus our life'. And yet as we look back on our lives- little of that time is actually spent serving Jesus.

If you give Jesus your life- you give Jesus your time.
All of it.

And yet many times we are guilty of only giving Him parts and pieces of our time- the parts that are convenient to us- and our plans.

More than ever before I realize what a precious gift our time is and how quickly the days are filled with things are not worthy of our time. More than ever I realize how important it is to stay focused on what we are spending our time on. My biggest fear is that one day I will look back on my life with regret that I didn’t do more with the time I was given. Time that I could have been making a difference in the life of someone else. A chance in time that I will never be able to have back.

I believe when we truly give Jesus our lives we will see changes in the way we give, sacrifice, and love others- even in the most inconvenient of times.

As we ring in the New Year I challenge you to really focus on the time you have been given- and make it count. Hug just a little bit longer, forgive just a little bit more and look for more ways to give your time- your life- for His glory.

May God bless you richly~ beyond anything you could have ever imagined in 2011- and may it be the most glorious time of your life.

"LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered-how fleeting my life is. Psalm 39:4


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10 comments:

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

AMEN!!!!!

I am praying on this very thing too!

Love you and Happy New Year! So excited to encourage one another through 2011!!!
Jill

melissa said...

Hi there, you don't know me, but I wanted to tell you that your blog has been such an inspiration. Today especially I am really discouraged. But your posts help me to put things into perspective. We are adopting from Korea and there are days I am just not sure where all the money is going to come from but your story helps to give me encouragement. Thank you!

Traci Weldie said...

This is a great reminder! Thank you for sharing...and Happy New Year!

Mandy said...

Truly beautiful.. thank you!!

Scrappy quilter said...

AMEN!! What a wonderful gentle reminder of the time we have. Hugs

Alison said...

Love this, Amy! I always say that my biggest fear is that I will one day look back at my life and realized I wasted it on things that don't mattter. I want to make every moment count! Thanks for this reminder!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

Amen counting my time as soo very precious...means I put more value on those things that are sooo important! Great reminder :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for enriching my life with your words and your blog. I enjoy reading it very much. And yes, I went and hugged my kids "just a little bit longer"
Donna
Alabama

lisa kindred said...

Amy,

All(28) of my family are here in Florida and I am going to share your post on TIME!!! So well written. I pray for your family often!!!

Lisa Kindred

BrandiB said...

what a wonderful perspective and wonderful post! Hope you have a wonderful 2011!!