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