Time is a precious commodity, isn’t it? We hold the time we have close to us and do our best to spend it where we want to spend it.
More often than not, I realize that it’s not my time, it’s God’s time. He has gifted me with life, which means he is the timekeeper.
I have freedom to spend my time as I choose, but I also am called to serve God and others with my life and time commitments.
Spending a week on a mission trip was going to be a big sacrifice of time for me. In the past, I had no trouble putting the date on my calendar and looking ahead excitedly to the upcoming event. But as this event neared, I dreaded it because of the other life stresses that were bearing down on me.
As the countdown came to less than a few days, the excitement finally began to build and the weight of what needed to get done was beginning to subside.
Once we were in Crisfield, we settled into a daily routine. We ate our meals, shared God’s Word and went to work. In one evening devotion we discussed how freeing it was to take a “timeout” from reality to be in that place and experience a specific joy of serving that only comes with getting away from our daily lives.
As we talked, I thought, “How am I going to take a timeout when I return home? Would it be possible?” After all, we were able to do so more easily in that place, away from the daily stresses and busy schedules. But what about when we returned home?
I still don’t have an answer to that question, but it certainly is still in the forefront of my mind. Starting my day with God always makes for a better day, but it’s a discipline I have yet to master. How can I take a timeout when I see my day unraveling? What can I do to take a timeout and be more present in people’s lives? How can I help others understand the importance of a timeout, whether it be to rest or to see a new perspective?