Tick, Tock, the clock never stops. Time is precious – Moments of the Sacred.

Moments of the sacred sign

Do I look forward to the time I have? This is an expression at times I say when I have arranged a time to meet with someone. “I look forward to seeing you” Anticipating the meeting, talking, listening, being with the person! We do have to look forward, excited about,  having a vision, or focus, or goal to achieve, to a certain degree. The past is past, the future has not come, and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. The present time, this moment, is what we have, the now, is what we have to work with.

Do I enjoy the moments of time I have been given? Do I look forward with anticipation, with excitement, the time was given, the time we make, as a gift? We found the time, as if it got lost, we have to wait a long time, for that cherished moment and savor the time with a friend. Having arranged a tryst, to have that quality time, not driven, or task orientated, not just another chore to be done on time.

Time is Time, not time is money! We have to place value on our time, and not get irritated, when the time feels wasted, due to the fact, we had an alternative motive. My needs not being met! Those times that we feel rushed, or running out of time, may make you feel like a drill sergeant, shouting your commands. We start pushing your demands, feeling pressured and stressed, feeling that there is not enough time, to have time, rest, recreation. Where you are the busiest, this is probably a good place to begin the needed change. Pausing, asking, pondering, how can I enjoy this moment of time, as a gift that it is. I have been given time, be careful not to get too driven, organizing, get everyone ready, fixing mode. When we are in this frame of mind, the time is no longer a gift, but a commodity to be used and abused.

Where are you the busiest? This is probably a good place to begin the needed change. Pausing, asking, pondering, how can I enjoy this moment of time, as a gift, recognizing time as just this as a precious gift. I have been given time, be careful not to get too driven, organizing everyone, demanding everyone to get ready, being in the fix it mode. When we are in this frame of mind, the time is no longer a gift, but a commodity to be used and abused.

 

The Anam Cara Book cover

A small extract from my book that I’m working on, it is still a work in process.

“Had you asked me a year ago, I never would have thought that I’d be perfectly happy sitting in a room with an old man, listening to a clock tick on the mantle, and hearing the weather change, as the wind howled. I looked up from the book in my hands when a branch scraped the window.” pg 11.

Time, what a luxury! Time to sit and read a book, not too busy, what a luxury you may think. Possibly feeling like you have no time for yourself, being mostly in a rush. Like the rabbit in Alice in wonderland, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.” Not having enough time. Time stops for no man, this little phrase feels so true, not enough time in a day to get everything accomplished. We try to manage out time, and question where did the time go. We are being busy at nothing, or spending our time in pleasurable activities, in recreational activities, spending time with family around the dinner table. The time you have been given is a precious commodity, we are given moments of time, to appreciate as a gift to be used wisely. Do we give ourselves the time to re – create, allow the time to re- generate,  and re-new our lives, do we give time to the things we love?

There could be a danger, not making time for new things, stuck in the ordinary status quo of life. We make time for what we want to do, and we only do what we want to do. We make time for the things we like and love to do! Do I only do what is right in my own eyes? Not using the time I have been given wisely, we all have seven days a week and 24hrs to work with, granted we do sleep some of those hours. How to use time wisely?

“The time spent in discovering and refining our craft is not a waste of time. It is called creos time. Like kairos time creos is time of a spiritual nature, a time of probing, of discovering the nature of our gifts, of testing the potential and scope of their application, of considering the ramifications of the long haul. Creos is a time of peaks and valleys, of undulating movement that we must learn to read, just as we read the hands of a clock in Chrono’s time, creos has a different rhythm that is measured by heartbeats and soul beats that tick at their own rubato pace – sometimes fast, sometimes slow, often in unmetered rhythms until we are aesthetically and spiritually satisfied. Ignorance of creos time is injurious to our spirits.” Pg 35 Seeing in the dark: A vision of creativity and Spirituality – Beverly J. Shamana.

Redeem the time, Ephesians 5: 16. – Berean Literal Bible

15 Therefore carefully take heed how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 redeeming the time because the days are evil. 17 Because of this, do not be foolish, but understand what is the Lord’s will, 18 and not to be drunk with wine in which is debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks at all times for all things in the name our Lord Jesus Christ to the God and Father.

http://biblehub.com/blb/ephesians/5.htm

We have to be careful that we do not treat people as if they are not worthy of giving attention, some people view people as not valuable enough to give a moment of their time. Time is a gift to be shared.

A friend who did this for me personally, I will feature at my new website.  Motivation and Inspiration, the person I’m featuring is my friend Curtis Kneblik. He has shown love, by giving of his time, by listening and being available. This can be a sacrifice, but God does want our time to be spent in some worthwhile endeavor. Let us redeem the time, making the most our appointed time, by buying back the wasted years. We are stewards of our time, let us give of our time generously, wisely, cautiously, discerningly,  and in a way that is honoring to God.

Colossians 4:5-6The Message (MSG)

5-6 Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.

 

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Choice!

Choice shaddowNarrative:

There wasn’t a wisp of air this morning, so calm and silent, the only sound was an occasional bird call and a melody by a robin, sung as if giving praise to God.

I chose to go on a walk this morning, the sun was slowly beginning to rise. It was a cool morning a little mist lingered in the air. I zipped up my jacket and picked up my pace. I was heading to the river, by the time I reached the river the sun is beating on my back, it was a warm comforting feeling, my shoulder muscles welcomed the heat.

My shoes where damp because of the wet grass from the morning dew, causing a squelching with each step. Leaving the grass, the pebbles crunch under my feet as I approach the river, various sizes and color of stones crunch under each step.

I see a large bolder, and make my way toward it to sit, and gaze at the calm river, so beautiful as it reflects the surrounding trees and the colors of the morning sunrise, mauves, orange, and fire red, in the natures mirror. I take in the beauty, and after some time remember as a child throwing rocks in the river. I pick up a handful of rocks and out of the various colors, of pink, brown, cream, I choose a slate gray rock and toss it into the river. The pebble enters the water and a ripple effect gently waivers across the water.

The power of choice!

You choose to read this Blog or not, it is your choice.
Choices shape who we are and who we will become, we are in a process of becoming, and entering or alining ourselves with the purpose of God, and having our longings fulfilled.

I like what Ruth Haley Barton has to say on the subject, here is an extract from her book.”When faced with life choices, we become aware of another facet of the soul’s deep longing. We want to know that we are making our choices in God, that we are living our life according to the purpose for which God brought us to this particular time and place. We long to see our life as part of a larger whole, contributing to some great purpose.” pg. 115.

People have the capacity for great good or great evil, but it begins with a choice.

What is God doing in this present moment?

This is determined by what you choose to do, draw near to God, or dismiss God, do great good, or great evil. We have to be fully present in our choices!

Look for that area of passion, interest, and choose to do good, being a co-creator with a good God. What gives you personally life, liberation, joy, freedom, a bounce in your step, excitement and a peace that surprises you, a peace that surpasses all understanding?

What gets you excited, fills you with exhilaration for life, what makes you feel like you are alive?

Choose to pursue your dream!

You know, deep down in your soul, what this is!

The power of choices, the choices you make determine your future!

Choose this day whom you will serve! Yourself or God?

This will determine your eternal future. ONE choice can change your future forever!

Not just your eternal future, which is important, but also your earthly future. The choices we make determine our destiny and our destination in life. We have to making discerning choices, that enable our lives to be lived to the full.

The choices you / we make, effect everyone around us, because of the ripple effect it will have, if we realize this or not.

What is God doing in this present moment? The choices you make will determine your present and future, your choice right now this day, this very moment, choose life, abundance of life, this is what God wants all of us to embrace and receive. Will we make that CHOICE?

Joshua 24:15New International Version (NIV) 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Colossians 3:23-24New International Version (NIV) 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

John 10:10 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The inspiration or thinking came after reading Ruth Haley Barton’s book Sacred Rhythms. A wonderful book, every word is like a deep drink that refreshes the soul.

sacred rhythms  Link to purchase attached, click on book.

 “God’s will for us is generally for us to pursue that which gives us life (John 10:10) and to turn away from things that drain life from us and leave us debilitated. Many of our small decisions and most of our significant decisions – even those that require us to choose between two equally good options – involve the ability to notice that which brings a sense of life and freedom (1Corinthians 3:17) to our most authentic self in God.” pg. 113.