“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”Ephesians 5:15-21
I think back to the time when Rebekah and I did not have kids, and I often wonder what we did with all that time. We had gym memberships we didn’t use and Chinese take out we indulged in quite often. We had no calendar to track what we would do because we simply didn’t plan things out. We find ourselves quite busy these days, and we keep a family calendar to ensure we don’t double book ourselves. The calendar has some days open but, for the most part, it is pretty full. My son wrote in my birthday card that I was the busiest person he knew. I must take that statement into context because he knows me really well, but he doesn’t know a lot of other people. I will say that my days are full, but I still find myself wasting time on trivial things that hold no importance. I am convicted by the verse, “Redeeming the time because the days are evil.”
I have heard many say “you have to have a plan for your money or your money will have a plan of its own.” I would suggest that this is true with our time, which is more valuable than our money. You cannot buy time and you are only allotted so much in your lifetime. If we don’t use our time wisely, we will foolishly spend it on things that hold no eternal value. I am not saying there are not times for amusement and relaxation, but those times should not overtake the times of eternal importance. The time in our life is merely the dash that lies between our date of birth and the date of our death. Time goes by fast and seems to accelerate as you head down the other side of the hill. We will all be judged on what we did with our time, so we must be careful on how we spend it.
I understand there are times for every occasion and category. Time is big pie divvied up into sections of what is most important in our lives. One of the forgotten aspects of our time is the time we should use praising our God. We teach our kids to say thank you when given something, but we often forget to thank our God for the countless things we are afforded. We have no worry of time when we spew off complaints about our job, the weather, and people who oppose us. We tend to thank others when they do things for us, but we forget about the Source of all things. I am reminded of the verse in James that states, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of light, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” We often get busy and forget to thank our God for health, His protection, our country, our family, His provisions, and most importantly, our salvation. A thankful heart is a submissive heart, and time is never wasted giving praise to the King of Kings who is worthy of our praise and adoration.