Time is an invaluable tool, and as we draw to the close of this year, I find myself pondering my use of what time has been given me.
“Do not squander time. That is the stuff life is made of.” ~ Benjamin Franklin.
So many of us get caught up in different activities that we lose sight of the meaning behind the activity. Don’t waste what precious time you have on meaningless social engagements!
In our conversation, as well as our work, we should be conscious of how we spend our time. Are you busy with gossip? Or does your speech reflect that you are a child of God? Too often we end up judging the sins that we see in others without stopping to consider the sin in our own lives. Don’t be wasting your time on idle gossip. Don’t judge another. Judgement falls to God and to Him alone. It is not for us to decide just how sinful someone else is, rather it is our responsibility to realize that we are just as sinful. You as an individual can and should hold yourself responsible to a higher power, that is Christ the Lord. Leave all distractions to Him. He is the only one who can really do anything about it anyway! Focus on the things in your own life that you have power to change. So what if others aren’t living the way they should — that is between them and the Lord. Before judging another, stop to ask yourself if you’re judging yourself just as harshly. Remember that you are responsible for your behavior. Christians are not called to judge or critique others. We are called to love them, to deal justly with them, to be merciful with them, and to walk humbly with our God.
Micah 6:8 says “He hath shown thee, o man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Apply this verse in your own life. Can you say it is true for you? Are your actions just? Do you love mercy? It can be said that if you truly love mercy, you will practice it with others. Are you walking humbly with your God? These are the things that are required of us as Christians. You can improve your walk with the Lord and indeed you must. Walking in step with Him is the only way to walk. He is not an in-between God. He is not lukewarm. He desires us to be on fire for Him! Don’t lose sight of Him in your life! If you feel swamped or are running short on time, then remove something in your life that is weighing you down. Make time for your Lord and Savior! Time with Him is never time wasted. It is the best time you will ever spend. I pray that moving forward into the next year, I can truthfully say that I am walking humbly with my Lord.