The Passage of Time

I have an oak wall clock from Germany which chimes every fifteen minutes between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The clock stops running when I forget to wind it. After a long period of rest, I finally “put it back into action” this week. As I heard it chime again for the first time, I was reminded of how quickly time is passing.

My few remaining years are pressing in with a sense of urgency.   

This passage from Ephesians runs through my mind almost every time I hear the chimes,

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15–17)

What does “redeeming the time” mean?

It can mean several things, but clearly one thing is obvious: we don’t need to waste our lives! We need to live keenly aware of eternity. We’re called to live with an eternal perspective, evaluating everything in light of the question: “Will this matter for eternity?”

What does this mean for me today?

Am I evaluating the use of my time in reference to: applying myself to spiritual growth, cultivating the fruit of the Spirit, spending time in the Word and prayer, and becoming more intimately acquainted with Christ?  Or am I spending more time on very temporal, unimportant, maybe even useless things?

As I walk through my day, encountering numerous individuals, do I view others as eternal souls who will one day face the judgment of God? How great is my concern over where they will spend eternity?

If I have children in the home, am I stopping often to share hugs and laughter? Sitting still to hold an open book for a little one who is learning to read? Bending low to listen to whispers from hearts full of questions? Do I realize how fleeting childhood is and treasure these moments as gifts?

Consider using the start of this new year as an opportunity to point others to Christ, to develop habits which will cultivate an eternal perspective, and to slow down in the midst of hectic activity to worship.

Today spend your time loving God and loving others.

Don’t waste this moment. 

Adapted from my post on the True Woman Blog 12.02.2009


  • Tambra Lucas

    Redeeming the time for me means strengthening , encouraging, and preparing my children and grandchildren for the future with God’s Word.
    Time seems to be flying by, many things that I thought I or we as a family would have accomplished by now are still in the works. But I am feeling my agendas are becoming much less important and feeling more of an urgency to prepare my children and grandchildren for their future as believers in Christ, to stand strong, be steadfast in Gods’s Word, hold on to the Truth, and reminding them that no matter what happens or how tough times get in their future, God is with them and He is forever faithful, He will never leave them, and that they are more than conquerors through Christ, and He will give them strength to stand. Romans 8:37

    Our children and grandchildren will more than likely see a nation that completely turns it’s back on God, they need us to saturate their hearts and minds with the Truth. They need us to continously encourage them with the final chapter of Christ’s return so that they do not lose hope. So in the day of trouble they will be able to stand.

  • Vivian Etherington

    Tambra, I am right there with you, except for the grandchildren part–not there just yet. Since I school my kids at home I have great opportunity, but haven’t done so well at making the most of it always. As I start a new yr and a new semester I have plans to do a better job of spending time with them in the Word each morning and memorizing Scripture together with them! After all, that is the most IMPORTANT subject in our school day. I am excited about a new start, but also have fears about my weaknesses in sticking to it. I’m. Just being honest here. I am pleading with God for the grace I need to persevere and do my job well for His glory and their good!

  • Tambra Lucas

    Thank you Vivian, I know we will never feel like we have done enough to prepare our children for the future according to God’s Word, but I do know He is faithful and after we have passed on He will continue to carry the torch. One of my frequent prayers for my children and grandchildren is, “God help my children and my grandchildren to remember, remember to call upon Your Name, remind them how great You are, and remind them You are faithful, when things get tough remind them You are their hope, and trust, because someday I won’t be here to remind them.” I know He will honor that prayer!