When I take a step back and look at my kids, it amazes me how quickly they grow. With each subsequent child, milestones are met sooner and their growth and maturity are constant reminders of how time quietly ticks by me. Time is a funny thing. In some moments, it seems to drag on forever and at other times it speeds right by but in reality it stays constant and it is just our perspective that changes.
At times, I fall into the trap of trying to be super woman. I want to get it all done and do it well. I want to check off my lists and feel satisfied and accomplished. I want to see the fruit of my labor immediately, BUT raising kids, homeschooling and marriage takes time. Often, I think to myself, “there isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done.” It is a true statement. There isn’t enough time to get everything I want to get done along with what God wants.
Since scripture plainly says, ““Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”(Matthew 6:27),”
How are we to maximize this precious commodity we call time? How can we live life well?
Psalm 90, The Prayer of Moses, addresses the brevity of life and the way to utilize time wisely. Psalm 90:12 states “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” We must first go to the source, the Lord. When we begin to focus on him, He will begin to show us what truly needs to get done and what needs to be let go.
I still at times struggle with this concept. As a mother and wife, I have a laundry list of things to accomplish each day. There are things that have to get done to simply live (cooking, laundry etc) and the Lord knows this. However, when we are faithfully abiding in Christ, He will show us when we need to lay down the chore list and pick up the baby or answer the phone call. When we allow God to teach us to number our days, He isn’t teaching us how to jam everything on the to do list in a single day or a single life time. He is changing our perspective of time to an eternal mindset. He is teaching us to correctly prioritize time and guides us to make eternal impacts on the lives of those who are so close to us.
Time is one of our greatest gifts but it is often used most foolishly; So gain a heart of wisdom, for when the day comes at the end of life, we can look back and see how we lived wisely and eternally.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”