…making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:1 (ESV)
Summer is just around the corner, and I so look forward to it. Even though I’ve been out of school for a while now, I still mentally organize my days by the school calendar: For me, the year begins in September, and the end of May brings the summer vacation. All of us tend to consciously or unconsciously arrange our days according to a system of our own devising.
What do you do with your time? Some of us work, but all of us have time that is free to allocate according to our priorities. Time is a valuable commodity. In fact, we have a number of sayings relating to time: Time is money. Don’t waste time. I need to make up for lost time. Time flies. Time heals all wounds. And so on…
Have you ever thought of giving God your time? The Psalmist said, “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15). Whatever we do in the next twenty-four hours, time will pass. If we use that time for good, it will be invested. If we use it for ill, it will be lost. If we use it foolishly, it will be wasted.
So here we are at the beginning of the summer season when 60% of Americans take time off work for vacation. How will you spend your “free” time this summer? In September, will you be able to look back with joy at the investment you’ve made in a life, in your family, in your community, in the Kingdom? No matter what you do, the time will have passed.
Make plans now for how you will invest your time this summer. To paraphrase another old saying, “Only this time, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Father, here we are at the outset of another period of great potential. Help us to wisely number our days and seek your direction for how best to use them to your glory and our highest good. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.