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Perspectives: Saving time

By BARBARA BROWN

As I grow older, I appreciate the unstoppable ticking of time a little more than when I was younger. I find myself trying more often to make every moment count for good, and for God. Each time I step outside the door of my home, someone is going to need a kind word. But it’s a struggle for me, because that means I need to climb out of my comfort zone. So then I call to mind the realization that people around me may not feel, or in any way perceive, that they are valued unless someone makes eye contact and greets them. After all, what would Jesus do in the same situation?

Time is a precious commodity. In a few short weeks, we will gain a bonus hour of time. Ka-ching! Daylight Savings Time will end and we will get our hour back! Most of us will sleep through the silent moment when that hour is added to our clocks. And since most of us (according to news reports) appear to be sleep deprived, maybe that is a good thing. But I’m so glad I don’t have to wait for annual events to boost my rest. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

A well-known chapter in Ecclesiastes speaks of a time to weep and a time to laugh. God’s Word teaches us in the book of Romans to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.” It goes on to say many more things that we should do with the time we have been given here on earth. “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. ... Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.”

Join me in prayer today, “Lord, make my life count here on earth, in all the time that you have allotted me. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

Barbara Brown is a member of the Lighthouse Church of God ministry team.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.