A Shepherd of God's TimeI believe that, just like in other areas of my life, God wants me to be a good shepherd of the time He has given me. Although I know it is God's time that I use every day, do I think about it that way or do I do what I want to do with “my time”?
In Ephesians 5:15-16 Paul cautions us to, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as the unwise but as the wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
When I am feeling overwhelmed I always remember the story about filling a jam jar as full as possible – you put the big rocks in first, followed by small rocks and then finally pour in water. My schedule is no different, first I write down the big things I have to do, followed by the things I want to do today but don’t have to do, and finally I write down the things I would like to do.
This year I am praying to do things the way God would want me to, and one of the areas to evaluate is my time. One of the most important things for me as a mom is helping my children get to heaven, but does my schedule show its importance in my life? I want to spend time with God everyday myself – but also to help my children, ages four and eight, spend time with God. I want to help them grow in their faith and knowledge of the scriptures. I realize that I have to be very purposeful and plan ahead. It is my job to teach my children the way they should go, not my friends’ or the children's ministry - mine.
When it comes to my children, I do not want to have any regrets. “If only I had made the time to share the scriptures. If only we had talked at the dinner table each night. If only I had read bible stories to them when they were young.” Life is short and every moment counts. As it is, my daughter spends six hours a day being influenced by others at school – and in only ten years she will move out and be on her own.
Here are some things to consider about your time and your children:
1. Evaluate the time spent with my family. – Am I investing time in the eternal soul of my child or do I fill my time with activities and just “being busy”? Am I watching my child grow from the sidelines? Is another adult impacting my child more than me?
2. Be purposeful with the time you have. Am I planning family devotionals, mealtimes, memorizing scripture and praying with my child? How important are these things to me – does my schedule reflect it?
3. Use everyday situations as teaching opportunities. Tantrums, complaints, unfair situations, sharing.... God provides many opportunities for teaching each day and He has very strong opinions about all of these. Do I take the time to talk about them and teach my child about God's opinions?
James says, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14.
The clock is ticking- our children will grow up and leave home. Let's use the precious and limited time we have with our children by investing in their future. Eternal Life!
Let's all get to Heaven with our families!