Monday, October 16, 2017

Time Warp – Bonita Y. McCoy

Recently, my husband and I watched a sci-fi show where the spaceship uses a blink drive to time travel. Once they went six hundred years into the past, which of course was our present day, and then on another episode, they were flung into the future discovering alternate time lines, showing what could’ve been.

So, when a friend of mine commented the other day, “I blinked, and the time was gone,” in reference to her youngest child turning twenty. I thought of that sci-fi show and our pursuit of the hard to catch commodity, time.

Scripture tells us that we have a limited amount of the stuff here on earth. We also know from experience that once it’s gone; it’s gone.

That’s why it’s important to consider how you use it.

Psalm 90:12 encourages us to learn to number our days. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (NIV).

Sometimes in order to look forward, you have to look back. Consider where you were 10 years ago, 5 years ago, this time last year.

Are you any further along in (you fill in the blank). A particular relationship, a job, a move, a hobby.

Is there something the Lord has called you to do, but you’ve put it off. Is there a relationship that needs mending, but you’ve waited? Have you always wanted to travel to Ireland, but hesitate?

Time is the commodity we run after too often, and out of too soon.

Use your look backwards to make a list of where you’d like to be this time next year.  Pray over it and wait for God’s direction. Once you have peace about the items on your list, make a plan. Pencil in these new-found priorities and set them as “off limits” when planning out the rest of your time.

It’ no blink drive, but it is a way to gain a heart of wisdom about your use of time.

Challenge: Write down three things you’d like to accomplish in 2018. Under each write three actions you can take to push you toward that goal. Then put it somewhere you will see it. Pray over it for the next several months and see what insight the Lord gives you about these goals.

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