Five Minute Friday: Time

Joining Kate Motaung and a community of courageous and encouraging writers (on a Saturday) for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is “Time.”  To learn more about Five Minute Friday, click here.

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Time.

We spend it.

We waste it.

We try to save it by being efficient.

But what we can never do is keep it.

He has called us to be conscious of the times in which we live. Pointing out through His servant, in one verse.* that our salvation is nearer now than when we believed. Something to think about, isn’t?

Sometimes we behave as if we have all the time in the world to do the things we need to do, at least I know that I am guilty of this error. Putting of things until tomorrow: the call to a friend; the apology which we need to make; the visit to the person who is in the hospital or has lost a loved one. We have good intentions and are often distracted by lesser things: FB, Instagram, twitter. The “thing” we put off can even be time with Him. We make resolutions to do better but thankfully, we do not have to put off making a change. With His help, I can beginning making good use of the time He has granted me, right now.

STOP

Sometimes I want Him to act in my time frame and can struggle to accept that He will do things in His time. I am thankful that He will not be rushed and that, not only is His timing perfect, He “has made everything beautiful in its time.”

* Romans 11:13 

Reasons to Praise: Day 8 – Say

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“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven”

King Solomon admonishes

Including a time to be silent and a time to speak

Problem is, I cannot always distinguish accurately between the times

And speak when I should be silent

And am mute when I should speak up

But that is not the only problems I have with speaking

Sometimes I truly do not know what to say

And say the wrong thing

Or for fear of saying the wrong thing, I say nothing

But there is a priceless guideline I drew from Hebrew 13:5-6

Speak based on what He said

He has said, so we say

How amazing and liberating it is

That I can say what He says

Following this guideline, I can have the opportunity to shed His light

Bring His comfort into a situation

In ways that words based on my opinion or perception never can

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your written Word. You tell us that our mouth speaks what our heart is full of. Thank You that we can choose to fill our hearts with Your Word so that Your Word can guide our speech.

This post is number 8 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.

A time

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
    And a time to refrain from embracing;
 A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away;
 A time to tear,
    And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
    And a time to speak;
A time to love,
    And a time to hate;
A time of war,
    And a time of peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; New King James Version)

 “And of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs; and all their kinsmen were under their command” (1 Chronicles 12:32; Amplified Bible; italics added).

These verses seem to highlight two facts: (1) there is a time for everything; and, (2) in order to know what to do in each time or season of life, I must understand the time or season which I inhabit. Abba, grant me discernment, I pray. In Jesus Name.