Monday, September 4, 2017

Redeeming the Time (Introduction)

Time affects every single one of us.

Elders look back and wonder where it has gone and how it could all have passed so quickly. Middle aged adults plan everything around it, whether it be work schedules or recreation. College students wish that it would slow down just enough for them to finish that reading assignment and paper before the sun comes up again. Teens cherish those few evening hours and especially the weekends when they are finally out of school. Children hope that it would pass sooner so that Christmas would come more quickly.

We are all bound under the limits of time. We cannot lift a finger to control it, yet we are so dependent on it.

Time is a valuable resource to everyone. The Bible says that our life is just a vapor, and any older man or woman can tell you that it is true. Our lives are short, some even shorter than others. But God has placed us under a system of time and expects us to be good stewards of the time that He blesses us with.

We will be doing a series on understanding time and time management. This topic hits especially close to home for me since I’ve begun school again. In college, it is important for the student to balance his or her time well. You cannot expect to only do homework, only work at a job, or only goof off and have fun. You need to learn how to balance classes, homework, jobs, and even some recreation and fun.

If you were to come visit me at school right now and pull the first student that you see aside and ask them what you can pray for, you can bet that any single one of them will say time management. We recognize that there are only so many hours in a day after classes and that we need to balance that time getting important things done, yet we struggle so much with the application of time management! (Yes, you can feel free to pray for me and my time management skills!)

But why does it matter so much to us?

It’s true, not all human beings care about how they spend their time. Some just focus on the here and now and look for the fun or happiness in everything without giving a single thought to the future consequences of their decisions. But we, as believers, need to take care to be good stewards of our time.

Ephesians 5: 15-16 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

I am looking forward to this series and I hope that you will be blessed by it. I know that for me personally this study is very much necessary and I can’t wait to dig further into the Word of God to learn more about how to manage my time in a way that is honoring to my Lord.

In Christ,

Megan

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