“Well, um, he is there every morning, noon, and night. He mocks me when I am having fun, and drags on endlessly when I am waiting to do something else. He is always there, watching, waiting, and stealing my youth, my days and my years.”
“What is his name, ma’am? Do you have an idea of what people call him?”
Ephesians 5:15-16 15 So be very careful about the sort of lives you lead, like intelligent and not like senseless people. 16 Make the best of the present time, for is is a wicked age.
Time, it is ever elusive, yet ever present. It seems to drag when your work is slow, but zip by when you are having fun and enjoying yourself. It is also our enemy at times, running out before our work is done. We use phrases like “I don’t have the time.” or “I ran out of time.” and even “Where did the time go?” As we look around, we see thieves, and murderers and all sorts of people doing evil deeds, but we are helpless to do anything but see the next victim on the news.
We struggle with managing time in our own lives, balancing the spiritual with the mundane, the necessary with the recreational. The balance is what we strive for, but often times is just out of reach. There are always things at the end of the day that we didn’t get to do.
In our spiritual lives, we often say that we are going to listen to God more, and we are going to pray to God more, and we are going to read the Bible more, but many of us fill our days with judgement, spite, anger, jealousy, and other negative aspects of our nature that take us away from God. We forget to make the conscious effort to think before we act or speak, knowing that we do affects others, and takes from them a precious thing, time. When others throw hateful words in our direction, time is also stolen from us, because we have to take time to heal, and some of us get lost in sadness and depression, and never find our way out.
God wants us to be intelligent people, not the aimless masses who lash out and are hateful. He wants us, through Him, to think about our actions, and, in so doing, walk the path that leads closer to him, and further from evil.
Until Next time, God Bless.