Redeeming the Time

Today, P. James gave a workshop on Time Management.  He talked about how many people spend most of their time doing urgent tasks, because they procrastinate or fail to prioritize.

To live balanced, healthy lives, we have to spend a bulk of our time doing important, but not urgent, tasks.  Then we’re always ahead of the scurry and stress that comes with crunch time.

How do we find that extra time to start doing important things ahead of time? Well, we can reduce time spent in doing unimportant things (hence the 40-day media fast – so we can have time to spend doing important things, like connecting with God).

P. James challenged us to think about what’s important to us right now – and to set goals that correspond to those values.  The fundamental verse was Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

The Lord desires that all be saved – including you and me.  We may not feel the urgency of the times, but when we look around at the world, we can see that the days are evil.  A 23-year-old terrorist killing three children and four men in France.  Insurrections and bombing in Syria.  Ongoing slavery in various forms.

So God says, redeem the time!  Literally,  buy it back — from whatever and whomever you’ve given it to … sacrifice what you need to and pay the price to spend it on what is truly lasting and important.

We get a lot of second chances – but we can never get those seconds back.

Father God, please forgive me for having spent so much of my time in doing unimportant things. I want to redeem the time, because the days are evil.  You are coming soon, and I want to convert every moment of each day into opportunities to tell others how wonderful You really are. Please help me to do so – in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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