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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A new pair of shoes!

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Skip, skip, jump, jump, walk, pause and stand. Then 1 two 3, 1 two 3, ouch, shuffle, shuffle, pound, pound, ache, ache.

Feet they go with you wherever you go, young and old, giving no complaint, making their presence known, on occasion.

They take you where you want to go, or need to go, and  they don’t get a lot of a choice in the mater, being so unassuming. They are amazing, if you stop to ponder, we do take them for granted! Feet allow you to stand, jump, run, skip, dance, give you balance, and at the end of a busy day each foot likes to be set free from the confining shoe.

How beautiful  are the feet of those who preach good news! I don’t know about all preachers feet, but God would know of their beauty?

Why a reflection on feet and shoes, you may ask? The occasion has come and one of my feet is complaining with a twinge of pain, in my left foot, now for a few weeks , and I don’t see myself having much of a skip and jump in my steps at the end of the day.

It dawned on me that I might need a new pair of shoes. The photo above shows some of my shoes, all relatively old, and the brown ones are my favorites and the leather is cracking, and I just bought new laces for them, hoping for some more years.

I begrudgingly think about buying new shoes, as they are expensive and my present shoes look good to me, apart from the cracks!

With my feet personally, shoes look good on the outside, but all the spring and support gets been pounded out of each shoe, giving no support resulting in the foot pain I’m experiencing, this is my diagnosis.

We as people tend to look at the outward appearance, it looks good, or we can put on an appearance that all is well.

The Lord knows the inward condition and looks at the heart. God wants to renew us when life pounds out the joy, but we are reluctant, like me with buying new shoes, want to put it off. Not wanting the new or to try the necessary change, that will ultimately result in  a new bounce in our step.

A new pair of training shoes gives me motivation to run, (when they are new, I have to add). They feel like you are walking on air,  giving a spring in my step, but eventually they get deflated, dirty, and lack their luster, with use they get worn out.

Are our spiritual practices a little like this, we know we need to pick up a new spiritual discipline, change things up a little,  try something new, even pick up a new practice for a season. With use our current practices may have gotten deflated and lack luster. Could adding a new discipline,  be the needed ingredient, that will add a little spice and put a spring back in our step again, giving a new focus. This will ultimately cause growth and to aid in our everyday journey, and it is a continuing daily process, we need put on a new pair of training shoes, because we are constantly in training, and new things are revealed.

In every step of life that is worth taking, we will feel uncomfortable, challenged, fearful, but this is encouraging, for God is about to do something new, to restore and help you and I, enter a new season, and we will be able to see the progress we have actually made. We will see that Jesus had been with us with each step we had taken.

A song came to mind:

He walked where I walked
He stood where I stand
He felt what I feel
He understands
He knows my frailty
Shared my humanity
Tempted in every way
Yet without sin

God with us
So close to us
God with us Emmanuel
Emmanuel

One of a hated race
Stung by the prejudice
Suffering injustice
Yet he forgives
Wept for my wasted years
Paid for my wickedness
He died in my place
That I might live

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
Emmanuel
Emmanuel

Songwriters: GRAHAM KENDRICK
God With Us lyrics © MUSIC SERVICES, INC.