Time...that illusive thing we never seem to have enough of, or some have too much time on their hands. We waste it, wonder where it went and use the lack of it as a popular excuse for having not done something - I just didn't have time! Personally, I am guilty of wasting a lot of time. (But then that is a very subjective idea.)                                                                 

Of course I googled "what does the bible say about wasting time" because let's be honest, one of the biggest time wasters is googling something! (Remember looking something up in the encyclopedia? It took a lot less time!) There was a huge amount of interesting info, but I clicked on "100 Bible Verses About Wasting Time." The one voted the "most helpful" was Ephesians 5:16-17 ~Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

My mom worked at the bank in our small town when my brother and I were younger. She "retired" when we were in high school. I always remember her saying the worst thing   about no longer working outside of the home, was when folks would ask her what she did with all of her time. She seemed to have a lot of guilt over explaining what exactly she was doing. Being the cynical teenager I was, I would say "did you tell them it was none of their business" or "did you say you watched TV and ate bonbons all day" or...Somehow I don't have the need (guilt?) to explain my time to people, but I am the first to admit that I do regret that I haven't "chosen" to use my time more wisely some days! I have been attempting to use the words "I didn't take time to" rather than "I didn't have time to" because after all, most things are a choice if we're honest with ourselves. 

This came from gratefulness.org a couple of days ago. I like what this says and think it could be my daily prayer, so for this time I will put Dear God in front of it...

Help me to be less fearful of the measure of time, and more fully alive in the time that simply is. Help me to live time, not just to simply use it; to breathe it in, and return it in acts of love and presence. ~Avis Crowe

How do YOU use your time? 

Andrea Heshmati

~Join us in praying the Daily Texts.

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