Footsteps in Faith: Time is a gift from above and should be cherished

| November 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) John P. Smith II
2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division 

Smith“What’s the time?” “I don’t have time.” “Time out.” “It’s about time.” 

We use these phrases in daily talk. 

Our time is often governed by calendars, diaries and clocks. Sometimes, we become slaves to time. Unable to pause and relax, we rush from this to that, quickly burning up our time, or just simply burning out.

I recently spoke with a Soldier who was struggling with the lack of time to accomplish tasks in his life. He shared that from the moment he woke up in the morning until the time he arrived home “life was just one big blur.” He was simply too busy to slow down and enjoy life to the fullest. 

I encouraged him to slow down to enjoy the process. As part of my personal philosophy, I created a saying that I attempt to live by on a daily basis: “Many people are busy for the sake of being busy, but it’s not how busy you are, it’s the productivity that counts.”

Completing tasks aren’t about having enough or more time; instead, they’re simply about doing the things that really matter and being productive in those things. And, just as important is to realize that time is not “our time.” 

Time is a gift from God, to be used wisely, not wasted away. God allows us to choose how to use his gift of time, so when we are with family, we should use that time letting them know how much we care. When at work, we should use our mission time productively. 

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 
a time to be born and a time to die; 
a time to plant and a time to uproot; 
a time to kill and a time to heal; 
a time to tear down and a time to build; 
a time to weep and a time to laugh; 
a time to mourn and a time to dance; 
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them; 
a time to embrace and a time to refrain; 
a time to search and a time to give up; 
a time to keep and a time to throw away; 
a time to tear and a time to mend; 
a time to be silent and a time to speak; 
a time to love and a time to hate; 
a time for war and a time for peace. 

What does the worker gain from his toil? 

I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. 

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 

I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 

That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil — this is the gift of God.”

—Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 

There is a time for all things; however, many people believe that they have plenty of time to waste in seeking the pleasures of this world and see no need for God to take up their time. 

The Bible says that today is the day of salvation, not yesterday or tomorrow, but today. Maybe it’s about time we take time to look at his “time.”

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