“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14 KJV).
Earlier this week I heard of the passing of a friend and former co-worker. I, of course, was saddened to hear of her passing, and it started me thinking about the preciousness of time. It is often said that time is a precious thing that we give away, but can never get back because there is a limited supply.
Throughout this week the theme of time has been repeated, and has served as my confirmation to write on the issue. Several years ago I had a year in which my theme was “Tick Tock.” The premise was that time was ticking away, and so it was time to be about ‘…my Father’s business.’
As with so many things in life, if you don’t keep it as a priority, it will slip off of the radar. So over the years, I have found myself allowing my time to be devoted to things that were not edifying to myself, nor uplifting to others.
The passing of my friend has served as a reminder for so many things in my life, including a review of how I have been using my time. It is not my intent to account for every second of my time, but rather to ensure that overall I am spending my time and energy in a way that adds to my spiritual life and not subtracts.
When I analyze my day – the questions I will begin to ask myself include (1) was I a proper Ambassador for Christ; (2) did I let my light shine for others to see; (3) did I glorify God; (4) what things could I have done better?
It is my intent, hope, and prayer that this consistent approach will help me resist the temptation of living for self instead of Christ. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3 KJV).
Glory to God and Blessing to You – Janice
Associate Certified Coach, ICF