“To achieve great things, you need a plan and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. – Proverbs 6:6-11
Moment: “a time of excellence or conspicuousness” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Time… It has such a way of eluding us. There’s never enough time. Never enough time to get a job done Never enough time to spend with family. And never enough time to rest. But then again; there’s always just enough of it. Need to get something done? Ensure that you don’t have quite enough time. Is there a deadline coming up? It’s sure to determine your productivity. Trying to decide whether to help somebody or focus on a goal? Help somebody, it’s the best way to ensure a goal is met. Time and accomplishment is not determined by some mathematical formula. Not when they’re a matter of inspiration. Sure, there are some tasks that require a set amount of time using given resources. However, when it comes to ideas, to ingenuity, to inspiration. Time is often worth less than you think. In fact, it’s often harmful. We’ve all been given assignments and or tasks that come with a reasonable, if not, cushy deadline. What happens? Procrastination sets in. Sometimes we even forget altogether. But what happens when we need to get something important done before a vacation, or on short notice? Production sets in and things happen. I know, not everyone works well under pressure. Some are better at workload management than others. However, time always seems to be a critical factor. We don’t trust it. We’re always trying to get ahead of it. We all want more of it. For what?
To stay later at work?
There will always be another task tomorrow.
To spend more time with family?
If that’s the case we’re probably mismanaging the time we’ve been given already.
To live longer?
When death is the gateway to everlasting life.
Time sneaks up on us, it disappears, it reappears. There’s a symmetry to it and life. There’s never enough, but always just enough. God created this world in a time machine. He works with impeccable timing and accomplishes just in the nick of it. Still, we’re afraid of it. We don’t trust Him in it. We doubt it. When God created this world, He set into motion a timetable. He knows how much time there is and what must be done. We don’t have access to that information, but we do have faith. Faith that God can and will accomplish His purpose in our lives, in the lives of our generations, and in the life of Creation. When we doubt Him, we’re simply putting our failures on Him. We’re questioning whether He can really accomplish more than us. How foolish does that sound? Time is going to run out for all of us. But somehow we all expect our time to be expanded. Our snoozes reset. Stoppage time to be added. We’ve all been given just enough time for His purpose to work itself out in our lives. Let’s not squander it. Let’s value it. Let’s let God use our lives in His time and His will. It’s the surest way to ensure our time is spent in value. It takes purpose, His purpose. It doesn’t take more time. Right now is a moment. Make it excellent.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,