Spending Time

Wednesday, Apr. 12                              

Time is always a concern.  How many times have you heard someone say that there are 24 hours in the day and it’s the same for everyone?  And how many times have I gone to bed realizing that I didn’t get everything done that day that I had intended to do.  Time—or lack of it—is often blamed for an ineffectual prayer life.  There are many reasons for a weak prayer life, but it is seldom for lack of time.  Some things are daily essentials—eating and sleeping.  Or inevitable—a job so as to provide for the family, taking care of the kids, grocery shopping, fixing a leaky faucet.  Some people will have very little time beyond those unavoidable responsibilities, but most of us have some time that is up for grabs, where we can actually choose what to do.  Those few hours will be used up by the things that we really want to do.  It might be well to do a little soul searching.  Make a list of daily activities and rate them as to importance.  What activities can be displaced or curtailed?  Most of them will be things that satisfy your physical life—when your soul longs for things that will satisfy your spiritual life.  To be successful you will have to be honest with yourself and ruthless.  Making changes will be traumatic, but they will give you time for God, whether prayer or otherwise.  Remember the old adage—if you want to get rid of something, replace it with something better.  Time is a commodity.  When spent, it’s history

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