Time, like air, is free and it is something that we all have an equal amount of – there are only twenty four hours in a day, even if sometimes some people would prefer there to be twenty five, in order to get everything accomplished!
Today is an opportunity to consider our current use of time and an opportunity to look at some Bible verses concerning time and to see how we can apply them to our current situations and circumstances. We will also look at how we can spend some time which will be of benefit to others rather than to ourselves.
Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and begin by taking a deep breath in and then letting it out slowly. Do this five times.
Now, in your mind replay the past twenty four hours in reverse order. Beginning with sitting down, just now, and rewinding the events that preceded that, until you come to the same time yesterday. You do not need to analyse the events, just observe them.
Then think back over the past week, again in reverse order and look at how you spent your time. How was your time apportioned?
- Which activities took up most of your time?
- Which activities did you spend least time on?
- How do you make time for God, time for yourself, and time for others?
- If you had not had the constraints of your current pattern of life, would you have made any changes to how you spent your time?
In the stillness ask the Lord for his perspective on your use of time and record his insights in your journal. Then pray about the insights He gave you.
Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 three times and choose a line or two to meditate on. Turn your chosen line over and over in your mind and listen to what the Lord reveals to you.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that, ‘…we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (NIV)
Can you, during this season of Lent, make time to do some acts of kindness, for those around you, that you come into contact with during the course of your week? Those of you who enjoy using your creative skills may like to make something for a friend or relative as a gift for Easter, as part of your prayer during this season of Lent.
Consider these statements on time: ‘a time to reach the poor’, ‘a time to preach the Gospel’, ‘the time is now!’