Last week my five-year-old grandson was in town for seven days. Anytime I was able to spend with him during those seven days was treasured. I’m using treasured in this instance meaning “something of great worth or value.” That’s how I felt about my time with him. Treasured may seem like a strong word to use, but we are talking about a grandchild here. : ) I made good use of that time as well as the time prior to his coming over by doing housework or whatever so I could focus on him while he was with me.
We all have the same amount of time; that’s nothing new. How we decide to use that time varies from person to person and situation to situation. When my children were little, I can remember times when one of them was in a hard stage, like not sleeping all night, teething, or there was more pottying in their pants than the toilet days, you get my drift. During those times, I don’t remember that I said it out loud, but I thought to myself, that I would be glad when this hard stage passes. Now 28 years later, I’m wondering where all that time went.
Back then, I tried to make the best of my time, I think. Honestly, I’m not sure how much focus I put on time to always make sure it was well spent. I mean it didn’t cross my mind the same as it does now. Looking back, if I’m honest, I’d have to say that there were times I should have stopped and played a little more often or read one more book. Sure, there’s a hundred things that you need to do, but your kids are gonna grow up way faster than you can imagine, and there’s always gonna be laundry, right?
I mentioned about spending more time with children while they are growing up in the midst of our busy lives, but there are other people, as well, in our lives that we might take for granted that they will always be there to go visit. When we think about this in reality, we know that’s not always the case. Time spent with loved ones usually isn’t something we regret, it’s the time we should have spent and didn’t that we regret.
James 4:14 says “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” We can’t predict or control the future, so therefore we have no idea what tomorrow holds. Our lives go by so quickly that sometimes we miss out on making the most of our time. I want to make sure I’m not guilty of this and I hope you do as well.
Who of us would come right out and say we waste time? But we do. Usually we don’t think of it as wasting time, valuable time at that. We let bad moods, anger, or other negative aspects control our mind, thus wasting that time while we are in that frame of mind. I’m not saying we should never be upset, but if something’s happening that we can’t change, there’s no sense wasting time worrying about it, is there? There are other time robbers we allow in our lives such as TV and our phones as well. No need to go into detail there, I’m pretty sure.
Wouldn’t you agree that life is a huge balancing act? Time seems to be one of the hardest aspects in this life to balance. Sometimes all it takes is a gentle reminder of what’s really important to us- that being our loved ones, friends, and other people in our lives. Striving to stay on top of this on a continual basis will help us to not have regrets down the road. This will be time well spent.
Until next time, God Bless,