How to Not Waste Time

Hi friends!

It’s obvious that majority parts of the world continue to remain out of the ordinary and in a way to be still in the uncertainty. Some of you may have not only lost a job but perhaps loved ones and it’s heartbreaking to hear that this continues to happen. All kinds of loss are painful and tend to sting a little bit more when they come unannounced or unexpectedly. Death in particular is always something that no one really wants to talk about, yet it’s something very real that we will all experience.

As I continue to lean into God’s word, I am reminded that life on Earth is brief. My pastor on this past Sunday’s online Church Service, reminded us of this as he shared a few scriptures.

“You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? It is like fog. You see it and soon it is gone.” ~James 4:14

This verse holds so much truth. We never actually know what tomorrow will bring us, yet we make plans at times assuming we know our future and how long we will live for.

I’m not saying we’re not to have goals or plans for ourselves, I personally love setting goals and having somewhat of a structured lifestyle because that’s how I’ve learned to have something to work towards. But what I am trying to explain is that we are invited to pray about our plans and ask God to help us go in the way He is pleased according to His calling for our lives. “Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” ~Proverbs 3:6

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We’ve all made mistakes in life and I’m sure we will continue to make them yet in hopes to learn from them. Scripture shares many stories of people making foolish decisions, but they also carry wisdom for us to live by.

Theres a story of a rich fool on the book of Luke chapter 12 verses 16-21, and this man demonstrates what it looks like to live foolishly or lacking wisdom in other words. The fields of this man gave much grain and he was confused of what to do with it all. He thought of himself alone and decided to build a bigger place to store them for many years to come in order for him to now rest, eat, drink, and have lots of fun. God calls this man a fool and says to him that his soul will be taken from him that day then, what will happen to all he stored for himeslf?

What good is it to have physical wealth but be spiritually poor? 

As I take walks around my neighborhood I’m amazed to see so much furniture and garbage bags are in front of peoples homes lately. It actually makes me happy to see people decluttering their homes during this season of quarantine. And now imagine if we not only decluttered our homes, but also focused on decluttering our brains going on a spiritual detox where we could begin to pray more, spend time in God’s word, and allowing Him to help us become better versions of ourselves.

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Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all came out of this quarantine better people? God knows what He’s doing in this season and it was no surprise to Him that this would happen. But it’s our choice to make the best out of it.

“So be careful how you live. Live as men who are wise and not foolish. Make the best use of your time.  These are sinful days. Do not be foolish. Understand what the Lord wants you to do. Do not get drunk with wine. That leads to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit. Tell of your joy to each other….Sing in your heart to the Lord. ALWAYS give thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~Ephesians 5:15-20

These questions/practices are not only for us during quarantine, but if you are on this quarantine journey, it may be helpful to ask yourself these questions;

  1. What’s one thing i’ve wanted to do in the past that time never allowed me to do then? ( Workout more, cook and eat healthier, spend time with God, Learn how to read the Bible).
  2. How do I want to feel when this is over? (accomplished, satisfied, or wishing I had done better things with my time).
  3. What’s something I would do if I knew no one or myself were judging me? (Work on a project, a business idea, discover a new career path).
  4. Who is God in my life and how can I know Him better? (Is He faithful, Good, loving, or far from me).
  5. What can I be grateful for today? (Health, family, Job, new experiences, new life with Christ). 

Father God, thank You for another day and for reminding me that life is short. Forgive me if I’ve lived a selfish life. I pray for Your presence and guidance in my life. Please help me to spend the time that I have here on Earth worthy of praise and that Your name will be glorified. In Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. 

Trust God, and Do Good 🙂