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God’s Gift of Time

Meet my new friend, Christie Love. Our friendship is the result of a social media connection which soon became an “in person”, two hour visit in a fabulous coffee shop friendship.  We enjoy very similar jobs and a passion to reflect Jesus. Oh – and she happens to be a Time Management expert.  I’m so thankful she was willing to share her perspective on time with all of us.  Enjoy her guest post below.

Time is more than the passing of minutes each day… it is a gift from God where each moment is an opportunity to make an eternal impact in the life of another.

As a parent it is much more enjoyable for me to give gifts to my children rather than receive them myself.  My children, like any of your children, love that I like to give  gifts because they are quite fond of getting them.  They get so excited when they see a present that they can hardly wait to tear it open and see what is inside.

When they were younger I often noticed that they would discard the gift after opening it and would instead be playing with the box that it came in, the bubble wrap that had protected it, or some other part of the packaging.  I would often look at the costly item that I had purchased for them that now was cast aside in favor of the less attractive cardboard and just ask myself, “Why did I not just get them an empty box?  They probably would have enjoyed it the same and I would have saved a great deal of money.”

Have you ever had this experience, where you give a gift and are disappointed in how it is received?  How did it make you feel?

A harder question to ponder about this would be, How do think God feels when he sees the different ways that we use his gift of time to us?  Do you think that he ever watches us and wishes that we would get the big picture better?

One of the biggest keys of biblical time management is to learn that  time is a gift from God, one of the most precious that he bestows.  We were placed here for a reason, a purpose and each moment of our lives is a chance for us to live out that purpose.  Change your viewpoint of time by thinking of each day that he gives you is his way of saying, “I am not done with my plans for you yet.”

Change the way you view time and the way you approach how you spend your time… and you will change your life and the lives of those around you. Look for ways each day that you can take your gift of time and invest it wisely into his purposes and into the lives of others.  I challenge you this holiday season to remember that your time is precious and it is one of the most special gifts that we receive and that we can share.

During one of the tightest holiday seasons in many years, remember that giving undivided attention and love to special people in your life will not cost you a thing but the impact that it will leave on the recipient will be priceless.

Robert Merriweather said, “Time is the most precious gift one can give.  Each moment is unique because it will never happen again… the gift of your time spent with others is the ultimate display of unconditional love.”

Blessings,

Christie Love

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About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

7 Replies

  1. louannedietrich

    Thanks for sharing. It is a great reminder….as I begin to pack my bags for a long trip home to see my mom over Thanksgiving. God Bless you!

  2. Beautiful!

    What a timely reminder of the gift of time. Thank you!

  3. Well said. Really, really need to remember this. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. Beautiful post Christie! Great advice and encouragement.
    Sue