Have you ever thought you didn’t have enough time?
I remember when I was young I couldn’t wait for things. I remember sitting in school looking at the clock and each tick of the hands seemed to take longer than the one before the last.
Now as an adult time seems to be moving faster and faster each year. Each day has so many different tasks I need to complete that often at the end of the day I wonder if I did enough that day. It is easy to fall into the mindset of “Never enough.”
This is something I had to begin to control when I started working at a warehouse. My job was to load or unload tractor trailers. I quickly learned that the job was NEVER done. When I first started there were older guys who would work a steady pace throughout the day, but would leave so much “unfinished.” I looked at them as they were not trying hard enough and if they would just work harder or faster they would be able to finish the job. I remember one day I was working with another guy my age and we were unloading trucks filled to the top with boxes. From 5am until 3pm we worked and worked and emptied 8 trailers! I felt really good about the day, but as soon as we finished one another truck would be pulled into the dock. Over and over; it was impossible to “complete” the job.
That is when I learned life isn’t about “Completing” everything, but its about doing your best and making the most of the time you are given.
There are so many things in life that “steal” our time in life. Did you know the Average person (you and me) spend…
2-3 Years – Waiting in Lines
134 Days – Waiting at Stoplights
43 Days – Waiting on Hold
3-4 Years – Eating Food
3 Years – Surfing the Internet
9-10 Years – Watching TV
1.5-2 Years – Cleaning the House (Women…Men about half…lets help more!)
26.25 Years – Sleeping
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
It important that we do not fall into the trap of trying harder and harder to get as much done in the short time we have that we miss the wisdom that comes from giving God our time to make opportunity for Him to use us. There is a time for everything. It is important for us to give time for all things so that God will be able to use each part of time for His Glory.
1. Everything Beautiful in its Time
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes as he was looking back on his life trying to figure out if he had wasted his time or not. He concludes that even though he (we) spend a lot of life doing things that make us happy and things that make us sad.
He (God) has made EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL in its time.
Even though we spend so much time on “wasted” activities God will make all things beautiful.
It is easy for us to get sucked into the 28 revolving door or good and bad things that King Solomon listed. This will make it hard for us to see our lives or time as productive. We will simply fall into the depression of “everything is meaningless” like King Solomon.
The question is…How much time do you spend doing something for God or following His call on your life?
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
King Solomon was the wisest person who ever lived, but he struggled with an understanding of the time he had been given on earth. Paul helps us to understand how we can not get caught in the mindset that I fell into when I was loading and unloading.
2. Make the Most of Every Opportunity.
Are you making the most of the time you have?
God has given us so many opportunities to serve, love, and share with each other. Paul, like King Solomon, points out that the world is not always good; he said the days are evil. King Solomon listed 14 things that drain our happiness. But in the end…
He (God) has made EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL in its time.
This is important to what Paul wrote. Even though the days are evil if we make the most of every opportunity in life we will be the beauty vehicles for God to use and shine His light through.
Do not let the opportunities in life pass you by because you are too focused on the tasks in life. God wants people who are seeking to make every opportunity something beautiful for His kingdom. He wants us to give Him our time, not just on Sunday and Wednesday, but all 86,400 seconds of each day!
When your life is swinging more toward the evil or the list of 14 negative things, remember that God will make it beautiful in ITS TIME!
The Story of Esther is a great example of making the most of every opportunity. The book of Esther begins with Queen Vashti and King Xerxes have a “bit” of an argument. This argument led to the death of Queen Vashti and now King Xerxes “needed” a new wife. As the story progresses Esther is picked as the most beautiful and will be the next queen. After that Mordecai (Queen Esther’s uncle) helps to save King Xerxes from an assignation attempt. Also Mordecai didn’t believe he should bow down to the officials; believing bowing down to God was the only one who deserved that honor. This made Haman (one of King Xerxes high officials) very upset. So upset he convinced King Xerxes that they should kill all the Hebrews. This is where we find a conversation between Queen Esther and Mordecai and he tells her.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
As the book concludes she used her opportunity to save the Hebrew people!
This question rings through the ages from Esther to us also. There is a time for everything! Maybe you are experienced this Blessing or Trial for such a time as this?
When we look at the great opportunity Queen Esther had; she didn’t do much. She was simply willing to “make the most of every opportunity.” She did what she could to help with the circumstances she was given. She did not choose to be the queen. She did not choose to be a Hebrew. She simply was obedient when her life was turning from joy to sadness.
Just as King Solomon realized God makes everything beautiful in its time; will you make the most of every opportunity to bring glory and praise to God?
God Bless & BETheLIGHT
p.s. You have Homework!
*Homework* Every morning this week start your day with prayer asking God to reveal an opportunity to you that you can make the most of and maybe be the catalyst for change in someone’s whole world!