Friday, December 20, 2013

Time and Joy

Dr. Suess asked the question: “How did it get so late so soon?” Many of us have asked similar questions: How is it possible my child is starting Kindergarten? How is it possible I am retiring? How did this vacation end so soon? Our dreams and visions are for abundance and joy. Not for time to pass by so fast. Yet the clock is predictable and relentless. Paul’s instruction is to make the best possible use of the time we have and to be open to the rhythms of God’s grace and joy.

God Says 

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

Something to Think About 

Many people report they are too busy. Others say that life is passing by too quickly. And others share they don’t have time to do the things they want to do. Being too busy and not having enough time for God is a barrier to the joy God wants to give you. 

Individual or Family Activity 

Think or talk about the following questions: What are some areas of your life that are not the best use of your time? What would you like to be doing more of? Do you feel you have enough time to spend with God? 

Make a plan to create environments where you can connect to God and experience joy. 

Individual or Family Prayer 

Dear God - 

Thank You for creating me. 
Thank You for the gift of time. 
You are good and generous. 

I confess the times I have wasted time. 
I confess the times I have been foolish and not wise. 
Forgive me for being a poor steward to the gift of time. 

Help me not be too busy for You. 
Teach me to be smart with my time and let me live in the present. 
Help me create environments where I can experience Your joy. 


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