Father Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV - Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Psalm 90:12 NCV - Teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise.

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.” -- Jean de La Bruyere   

You may delay, but time will not.” -- Benjamin Franklin   

As the current calendar year comes to a close, it’s a good time to not just look forward to the New Year but also reflect upon the passing of time.  God gives each 24 hours a day but not the same number of years before their lives conclude.  What will you do to make the best use of the time God has given you?  If you were designing priorities for yourself or your family - that which would matter both now and 100 years from now, what would those priorities be specifically?  Have you ever battled the “I’ll get around to it eventually” Syndrome?  Is Jesus is Lord of all, wouldn’t that include Him being Master over our time - one of our most valuable resources?  How much do we trust God with our time?  What might God accomplish in us if we dedicate our time to Him like never before?  What if you were to quit thinking of time as “your time” and view it as “(God the) Father time”?  How much more Father Time would you spend with God?  How much Father Time would you devote to His holy purposes of worship, discipleship, serving, mission/evangelism, fellowship?

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.

"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — Lord of the Rings by Tolkien

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 NIV - As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.