Thursday, 11 April 2013

Tick Tock

Why is it that when we're having fun, time seems to pass at an alarmingly fast pace, yet when we are longing for something to end, it ticks by so incredibly slowly? 

In my world, time is always of the essence - time to squeeze in that last job before picking the kids up, just enough time to enjoy a cuppa with a friend, is there time to make that phone call?  I am incredibly optimistic about what I can fit in to those 24 little hours which means I am usually pretty late to bed and running at least 10 minutes behind for everything!

Time is a tricky customer, one which should be handled with the utmost care. Once it has passed, it cannot be relived - you cannot simply press 'rewind' and have another go.  Our entire day - 24 hours, 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds - is at our disposal. We have the power to choose exactly what we do with those hours.  In my experience, time has the power to lift up but also to drag down - even the word has two very different connotations for me.

When I choose badly, the days when I'm rushing, chasing and striving, 'time' looks and feels like this:

Wordle: Negative Connotations of Time

Choosing well is paramount to my personal well-being and to the way I relate to those around me.  When I've made a decision to use my time well, I feel entirely different about everything - my relationships, my lifestyle and most importantly, my walk with God.

A few weeks ago, I went on a day retreat called Fourteen, run by some ladies from our church.  Initially, the idea of spending 5 hours not talking to anyone other than God, made my palms go a bit sweaty - I'm just not used to it!  Whilst there, it dawned on me that like any child who thrives on time and attention from their earthly parent, it is essential that as children of God, we must spend time with our Heavenly Father - something He is desperately wanting us to crave.  At the end of that day, having chosen to spend my time well, I felt more like this:

Wordle: positive use of time

When was the last time you dedicated some time just to God?  It really can transform not only your relationship with Him but every other aspect of your life - try it!

"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest" Mark 6 v 31