A Matter of Time

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but my body has not gotten used to having sprung forward a few weeks ago.  I want my hour of sleep back, and I would really rather not wait until the fall to get it.  It seems that we never have enough time to get everything done, and then spring comes and we lose an hour.  It just doesn’t seem fair.

I have two things that help me to remember how precious time is.  One of those things is my family.  I know that God blessed me to be their dad so I could teach them how to love God, love others, and love themselves.  The funny part is, it seems that they have as much to teach me.  They help me to keep my to-do list in check.  Lately my youngest has made sure that every night I lay down with him so that he can tell me about his day, and to make sure he has the time to ask me about my day.  My oldest loves being able to ask me about school stuff, and has even started asking me about girls.  While I still feel that is too early for some of these questions, I enjoy just being able to put my job aside and take the time to be dad.  When the boys are sleeping, my wife begins to do her job.  We talk about our day, but we also talk about our frustrations, our joys, and how we can help each other.  We don’t want a day to go by where we can’t have this time.  Still, there are days where we don’t have the time.  Is this spring forward’s fault, or is it ours.

The main thing that helps me to remember how I handle my time is God’s word.  In Ephesians 5, Paul reminds us to make the best of our time because the days are evil.  How many times I have we made something a priority that could wait until later, or even tomorrow?  What would God place as a priority?  In my experience, the answer is God first, family next, and then everything else.  As long as we don’t mess up the first one, the rest will fall in place.  God does not want us to become slaves to a clock, or anything else.  God wants us to love Him, and He wants us to trust that He will take of all of the other things.

This change of time management will not be instant, but if we remain faithful to God, He will continue to help us.  It’s just a matter of time.

Pastor Derrick