The Importance of Making and Taking Time

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What seems like eons ago, my now 19-year old granddaughter and I sat in the back seat of my son’s car and she read this portion of Ecclesiastes  aloud to me. I told her one day when Mimi went on to heaven, I wanted her to read this at my memorial. She said she would.

That was a long TIME ago.

Time is an interesting part of our existence, isn’t it? I imagine time is mentioned by every single person on the planet at least once per day.

I don’t have enough time.

Can you make time for me?

Time is running out.

What time is it?

Time’s up.

I wrote once we cannot make time but we must learn how to take time.

God, who is outside of time, is the creator of time – only HE was able to MAKE time and He made it in the form of a twenty-four hour day. Then He portioned those twenty-four hours into: morning / afternoon / evening. Our good, good Father is so very precise about things – He has an eye for detail!

My 2016 word is discipline and at sixty-five years old, I am determined to discipline my time to do certain things each day. I can manage my time. I can take the time to do a certain something. What I cannot do is make time – I cannot add to or subtract an hour to any given day. I want to be a good steward of every bit of time the Lord blesses me with.

He gave us enough time to do what needs to be done each day and yet we are always complaining to Him that we don’t have enough time.

Then…our amazing God does an amazing thing and He does it for us, THIS MONTH.

He gives us an extra day! And, to prove to us that He has a good sense of humor?

He makes it a MONDAY!

What are you going to do with your extra 24 hours?

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24 comments

  1. Michele Morin says:

    Smiling about your take on Feb. 29! I love thinking about it as an extra day! Thanks for that!
    Also, I wanted to let you know that I linked up a book review on Barbara Hughes’s Disciplines of a Godly Woman. I was thinking of you as I read it because of your 2016 Word! Maybe you’ve already run into it, but it’s a great motivator to be all that we should be for His glory!
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  2. Mary Dolan Flaherty says:

    I can’t believe you have a 19-year old grand daughter! Okay, now that I’m digesting that, I can begin to digest the rest–I LOVE this—I always say, “I know I have to make time to write, exercise, pray, bible study, etc–but I like your view better. We cannot make time since it is already there! We have to TAKE the time. LOVE IT!!!
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  3. Carlie says:

    God indeed has a sense of humor – although my 10 year old didn’t find it funny that we had an extra Monday. I am on a mission to re-name or reclaim the ill-fated day. (Smile) Thank you for the sweet encouragement of featuring my post this week. I hope it has blessed others.

  4. Joanne Viola says:

    Susan, such a wonderful post on time! Thank you for the reminder that I cannot make time. I must take it and manage it so that I can live to the fullest extent of what God has for me each day. So grateful you brought a powerful word this morning! Blessings!

  5. Shelby says:

    Monday is my favorite day and February is my birth month so to have leap day on Monday just rocks!

    Your points about being able to take time but not to make time really resonate with me. Especially as I get older and reflect back on time that I’ve wasted. It makes me want to do better.

  6. Anita Ojeda says:

    :). You make me smile, Susan! When I think of all that needs to be done and how little time I have, I remember that I waste a lot of time time in mindless persuits. I’m working on being more intentional. It’s not easy!

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