Have you ever been given a gift that you didn’t use? Or maybe you were excited to have it at first, so you started making good use of it, but then you just stopped? I have. I remember getting this thing called Popsadent for Christmas from Sarah, because I had a dent in my car. I was very excited to use it. Then I noticed that it had to be plugged in, but we lived in an apartment way in the back of the building. So I said I’d use it later. Three years went by, and I sold that car. It still had the dent. The Popsadent was in the closet. At this point, I don’t even know if we have it anymore. It just sat on a shelf and never got used.
Time is like a gift. We cannot earn it. It’s just there, given to us by God. We have as much as He gives us, but we never know how much that is. Sometimes we realize this, and we use it well. But often times, we don’t make good use of the time God has given us like we should. As a Christians, we’re supposed to be using our time to share our faith, but we don’t typically use a lot of time for that. As parents, the time with our kids is fleeting, but we still don’t make intentional time to spend with them. Soon they’ll be gone, and we won’t get their childhood years back (and neither will they). At work, we have so much time to get a good job done, working as though we are working for God, not men (as Colossians 3:23 says). And yet we sit and surf the internet, chat with friends, whatever it is that constitutes wasting time at your job.
Time is fleeting. We never know how much time we have. We only have so much time to make a difference in the lives of our kids, in our neighborhoods and communities, at work, and in this world. Let’s not waste the gift.