“Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.” Eph 5:18 MSG
GIVE YOURSELF AN FIVE EXTRA MINUTES
Recently, it has come to my attention what a rush we are all in. Yesterday while driving down the freeway I saw in oncoming traffic the after effects of a horrendous accident, with no less that four fire trucks. As always, I prayed for the people involved in the accident and their families since I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will permanently be affected by this tragedy.
What would an giving yourself an extra five minutes each day to get places do for you? Could you slow down, take an extra sip of coffee? Could your kiss your family “Goodbye” as you leave the house? Maybe that five minutes would keep you from accidents, prevent your irritability, or even lower your blood pressure. 5 minutes extra a day = an extra 1825 minutes a year. What would that time do for you?
TIME IS IRRELEVANT
In the book of Joshua, the Bible teaches us about a time when the Israelites were taking on an army comprised of five Kings, truly a mighty force! One would think that the Israelites wouldn’t have enough “time” to win the battle… but instead the sun STOOD STILL!
“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.” Joshua 10:13 NIV
Does time matter to God? Yes, and NO. Yes in the sense that His timing is perfect and He has a plan for His creation, and NO because (as in the case of Joshua) He can stop time whenever He wants or adjust it to fit His needs. Why then does time matter SO much to us?
THIS ISN’T GRAMMAR SCHOOL, IT’S LIFE!
When we were children we were charged with tardiness. Constantly pushed under the gun by an illusive “bell” that rang us into submission. Creating fear in most of our hearts, and forcing us to rush. Now as adults, there is no longer ANY need to rush! While some of us have jobs to be to on time, the majority of us can give ourselves that extra five minutes in order to prevent lateness and now that we are in charge of our own schedules we can realize that NO JOB is worth us endangering ourselves or others. A good friend of mine used to say, “Job’s are like putting your feet in a bucket of water – as soon as you pull your feet our the water fills right back up.” In other words, your job will continue without you if you don’t show up… am I suggesting you be unaccountable? Heaven’s NO! What I am suggesting is that if you have pushed yourself to the limit of time, don’t RUSH IT… God loves you, and rushing isn’t worth it!
Here is to a greatly paced day full of rest, recovery, and recouperation! You are God’s greatest gift and you deserve to be in control of your own time!
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