The opposite of showing gratitude is to take something for granted. When life becomes too familiar, we can forget to be thankful. My friend Leslie will refresh your appreciation for ordinary days—and challenge you to see each day as a gift of time.
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Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most 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).
I had coffee yesterday with a very dear friend. We love to encourage each other to have a “purpose driven life” and to use the gifts that God gave us to further his kingdom. It’s always a special time of “girl talk.” We’re both doers and achievers, so encouraging each other to get out and DO is exciting for us. She happened to mention that she probably has about two decades left in her life. A little over 22 years to reach others for Christ and teach her passion, which is developing a meaningful prayer life.
Deep inside I’m thinking: Whoa girl!!!!! ONLY 22 more years. I didn’t say that to her but right away I’m thinking: “Wow, that is not much time in our lives.”
The words from Ephesians 5 popped out to me: Make the most of the time! I have been very blessed to travel the world, hike the Grand Canyon, see the powerful Niagara Falls, walk the Great Wall, teach hundreds of kids how to swim, bring three children into this world, multi-task with the best, and be married for over 30 years to the same man!
But maybe I haven’t made the most of my time in terms of how God wants me to use my life. Perhaps you can relate. Maybe my time has been spent on me and my family’s hopes and dreams.
How do you spend your time? How do you think God wants us to make the most of the time?
For me, now in this season of my life, I don’t go anywhere until I have a quiet time with God and let him teach me His word. I’ve started to walk slower, notice more people in need, care for the poor, cultivate friendships more deeply, be alert and pray fervently. I ask myself while in the grocery store who might need an extra encouragement today? God, who will you put in my path that I can share my faith even if I’m late to spin class or yoga? Maybe there is a co-worker in your midst who could use some Godly encouragement this day!
My prayer is this: Let us be wise and not foolish and make the most of our time while here on your precious Earth, oh Lord!