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Time: A gift to use wisely

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Time. What is special about time? Well, it can be used in a variety of ways. Time is a gift from God. He gives us twenty-four hours in a day to use as we wish. It seems that most people spend these hours dashing around, stressed with struggling to meet deadlines, be somewhere by a certain time, or getting kids to an activity or an event, running through a drive-through to get food, playing video games, messing around with a variety of things on a fancy cell phone, or spending money at stores at all hours of the day and night. There is very little time for sleep, for sitting down at the table to eat a family meal together, or to even think about God.

Time is a precious gift. The present time is what we have to work with. Yesterday is in the past; it is gone. Tomorrow is in the future. Today is what we make of it. How we choose to spend our time is up to us. Stress is bad for us--both mentally and physically. It is hard on families and marriages. Time schedules that work for couples and families come from careful planning and discussion. Some things may have to be cut out to create a bit of calm. Are these extra things really necessary?

When raising children, time can go by too quickly. It may not seem that way at the time, but wait a few years and the children will be grown and gone. Time spent with children is valuable. Reading a story, playing a game, helping with homework, taking a walk together, answering many "why" questions...these things create wonderful memories.

Spending time to better one's health is also important. Healthy eating, exercise, and a good night's sleep are all valuable uses of time. Time spent now making healthy choices will help to create more livable tomorrows.

Psalm 39: 4-7, "Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you," (Bible Verses for Busy Women: A guide for moments of stress, joy, and contemplation, 2002, Des Moines, IA: Meredith Corporation).

Time is comes and goes more quickly than we can ever imagine. Each day provides us with twenty-four hours. Yesterday is in the past; tomorrow is not here yet. Make today a great day. It is well worth it.

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