It's About Time!

5 more minutes of class, 10 days until vacation, 1 year until my next birthday...We're always thinking about time, counting down the minutes, days and hours or looking forward to things ahead. How do you view time in your life? Is it a blessing or a hinderance to your future? Personally, I've been on both sides of the issue..there's been times when it seemed like I was waiting forever for an answer or waiting for when I thought God should show up in a particular season/situation, and there's been times when there just wasn't enough time to accomplish all I'd planned.

Many of us, myself included, often see time as a constraint within which we operate, rather than a gift to use. We often hear people talking about how we have only a certain amount of time here on earth, and while this fact is indeed pertinent, how much more of an importance is there in the growth and things we're experiencing currently? I'm often guilty of looking forward to things ahead, and in the process, totally missing out on the beauty of the present moment. Others do the same thing, but only looking back to the past, and how things used to be/should have been.

It is said that all good things take time...lives, relationships, character. Something of substance and strength takes time to build, so as we are building lives of strong character and convictions, we must expect that it will take time. Instead of viewing time as a restraint, see it as grace to become a person of character. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says there's a time & a season for everything..this is truly liberating! The more we see time as a part of our building process, the more we begin to become the people God has called us to be!

Brian Houston, pastor of Hillsong Church, says, "God has graced us with time so the purposes and desires of our hearts can become a reality."

 I want that to be true of my life, and I hope the same for you also! I hope & pray that you will not only change your perception of time, but embrace it with open arms..see it as a friend and a tool to achieve God's will for your life! No longer a constraint, but grace to become the person you're created to be!


Kelly @ [Big Apple, Little Bites] said...

I definitely am guilty of not enjoying the present because I am too busy looking forward to something in the future. I'm always trying to get things "over with" so I can get to the enjoyable part: the weekend, the relaxation, seeing my friends. I need to appreciate the little things more.

Thank you for sharing :-)

Caravan Sonnet said...

Oh my this is a BEAUTIFUL quote - such an inspiration for me right at this moment! Thank you so much for sharing it and this post!! TRULY encouraged my heart today!
:) Rebecca

Taylor said...

you look stunnnnning and your house is absolutely perfect. you're so talented, every time i see a new post it gets better and better!

and on your words: wow, so true. i've been thinking a lot about time and the perception of our lives lately - inspired by my grandmother. it is so good to hear your perspective.

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