Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock….you can practically hear it in your head even when all you have is digital clocks! TIME is the heartbeat that replaces the thumps with “ticks”! Now I know that time for a lot of things are good, however being ruled by it is bad for life!
Even as I sit and write this now, I’ve made three different attempts to write this first part!! Time is a deep struggle for ALL people and the condition of this world is the condition we feel prisoner to! We have to wake up to a certain time, we have to leave our homes at a certain time, we have to plan events and time to be with family at certain times! It is ridiculous and frankly wearing us all out!
The best time I’ve ever had with The Lord is when my mind was complacent on what time it was and where I was suppose to be next. We all left our watches and cell phones home and only the light and dark is the sky told us the time frame! No appointments demanding our presence and no expectations other than our own!
The Bible depicts the concept of time on a different light in Ecclesiastes 3 where the writer of the book says in verse 1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ok then, what does that mean exactly?? Later in verses 2-8 all this is given TIME for….”a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
With so many areas where time is a factor? What does this mean to all of us and especially us Christians?? This is what it means (to me) and most likely all of us who dig deeper here: Distinguishing Time in our lives for the healthy means we must discipline the UN-healthy out of our lives!. We have to submit to time one way or another; however we can be healthy in its management IF we discipline the bad that is cluttering it up!
So what is it taking you away from our Heavenly Father? TV? Internet? Kids activities? Work? SIN? There are different stages and chapters of our lives, and we must accept the freedoms and limitations that come with each of them. Above all, there is time for everything God wants us to do! We just seem to choose the distractive activities over time with God.
People struggle the most with strongholds and habits of SIN when time consumes even our thoughts. Like “Tonight I have to be _____ by 4pm and then starting _____ by 5:30pm; however I really would like to do _____, but there just isn’t anytime I can sacrifice!” Obligations, guilt trips from others, and over stretching your limits make the desire for being with God….go numb in a hurry! Again I laugh, for as I write this I have taken multiple breaks and have thus far written on this for 3 days!! Needless to say, this blog is as much for ME as it is for the readers!! 🙂
So why did I title this blog “Tears for Time and Tears for Thine”? Well consider the emotions you place in the center of time’s hands….it is like giving an offering to a false god! That would make anyone cry! Yet my tears for time would be the let downs I cause myself to not be in better shape. Tie myself down to over achieving at work and then catching up on the latest TV shows and call it “family time”…..I’ve shed a lot of tears lately because of where IWISH I could be with Jesus!!
If each Child of God could lay down their time in submission to Christ’s will for us; we would all have time set aside for giving the appropriate attention to our Lord!
So are you right now reading this and pondering what you think you should be doing rather than reading this? Does it bother you watching quality time FLY AWAY? We won’t be here forever, we all know that. So seize each moment for the glory of Christ!
As I conclude this I realize that I’m still a work in progress here as well. It’s taken me from start to finish off and on, 4 1/2 days to write this. Each moment with Him is worth it and I pray this blesses you as you have read.
It’s worth it for servanthood is a direct extension and representation of love. DO YOU LOVE YOUR SAVIOR ENOUGH?
There is a TIME for everything….so….NOW IS THE TIME TO CHANGE YOUR USE OF TIME!!