With all the regular buzz of New Year’s resolutions, I have a suggestion.
What if we resolve to give our time back to God?
For by [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:
All things were created by Him, and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)
All things were created by God and for God. Even time.
The seconds, minutes and hours on a clock.
The moments of my day (even those at this instant as fingertips click keyboard keys) were created by Jesus and for Jesus.
When once [time] is gone, it is gone forever; no pains, no cost will recover it.
Though we repent ever so much that we let it pass, and did not improve it while we had it, it will be to no purpose.
Every part of it is successively offered to us, that we may choose whether we will make it our own, or not.
But there is no delay.
It will not wait upon us to see whether or no we will comply with the offer.
But if we refuse, it is immediately taken away, and never offered more.
As to that part of time which is gone, however we have neglected to improve it, it is out of our possession and out of our reach. (Jonathan Edwards, December 1734)
If we truly believe God created “time” and did so for Himself, how would that change the ways we spend the seconds of the minutes of the hours of our days?
Did God appoint our days to be squandered away in idleness? Busying ourselves with others’ affairs (2 Thessalonians 3:11)? Do we benefit from knowing the juicy details of every Hollywood celebrity’s life?
Are we not commanded to disentangle ourselves from the enterprises of this life (2 Timothy 2:4)?
Yet we absent-mindedly scroll through Twitter, Facebook or web articles. Chat aimlessly on the telephone. Stare thoughtlessly at a television.
You are accountable to God for your time.
Time is a talent given us by God; He hath set us our day; and it is not for nothing.
Our day was appointed for some work; therefore He will, at the day’s end, call us to an account. We must give account to him of the improvement of all our time.
We are God’s servants; as a servant is accountable to his master, how he spends his time when he is sent forth to work, so are we accountable to God.
If men would aright consider this, and keep it in mind, would they not improve their time otherwise than they do?
Would you not behave otherwise than you do, if you considered with yourselves every morning, that you must give an account to God, how you shall have spent that day? (Jonathan Edwards, December 1734)
What if we judged our actions by first comparing our motives with God’s Word (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
Make it your ambition to live quietly and peacefully.
Mind your own affairs.
Work with your hands.
My time spent following empty pursuits would shrink and cease to exist.
The minutes of my days chasing holiness would expand and bear exceptional fruit.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
These photos I’ve included in this blog post are quite meaningful in reminding me time doesn’t stand still.
These were taken in Coronado, California. Home of the Naval Amphibious Base. The place where young men train to become Navy SEALs. Camden set his heart on becoming a SEAL as a boy when he realized he wanted to be in the military and, by God’s grace, he was given an opportunity to visit the SEALs a year ago.
This last photo is of Camden on the beach of the Pacific looking toward what he expects to be his future training ground.
Time is running out for this mom whose heart is hopeful yet heavy.
Might I make every minute count as a mother. As a wife. As a homemaker.
As a daughter of the King of Kings.
She looks well to the ways of her household and eats not the bread of idleness. (Proverbs 31:27)