9/15/11

a time for everything......

I've been thinking alot lately about time management.  It seems like there is never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on my to-do list....this is a recurrent problem for me.
  I was reminded this morning of Solomon's wise words about the use of our time.....and I think no one says it better than him:

There is a time for everything,
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:
 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,
 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 6 a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,
 7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
   a time to be silent and a time to speak,
 8 a time to love and a time to hate,
   a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

I think I'll try, not only to be more intentional with my time, but to keep pressing on in my battle to make Christ my constant focus.  The things on my "to do" list are not always on His agenda for my day.....and He knows best!  I don't want to miss out on opportunities to be a blessing or to receive one either :)  I have learned that if I take the time to look and listen, I will find God speaking to me and using me in the little things each day. 

For example, while busy at work the other day, a student approached me about something school-related.  One thing led to another and our conversation turned in to an opportunity for me to share my testimony.  Many people find it hard to believe that I have been divorced 3 times....yes, you heard that right.  Thankfully, people don't see me as someone who could have made those mistakes.  I guess that's a good thing....evidence that I'm now doing something right in my life (lol!).  My past life was actually very reminiscent of a soap opera - and not of my choosing! 

But this particular conversation struck a nerve with this young lady.  She could relate to some of the things I've gone through and I think in some way, I gave her hope that her life can be so different than it is right now. Jesus Christ does make all the difference!  It's not enough to believe that God exists, we have to believe in Him and have faith that He will not lead us in the wrong direction.

You know what's funny?  I hate to leave things "undone" at work and I remember first thinking when this young lady sat down that she was catching me at a bad time.  But God allowed me to complete my task AND be a witness for Him.  I'm so glad I took the time to share :)

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