WHAT IF WE ....
Spent less time:
- curating our lives on Instagram
- researching the latest trends
- criticizing our bodies
- mindlessly scrolling
- accumulating more things
Spent more time:
- cultivating our lives in reality
- growing in Biblical literacy
- stewarding our bodies well
- expanding our knowledge
- simplifying our lives
- resting in contentment
- reveling in gratitude
Time. American culture is time-oriented. We don’t have enough time. We will make time. We’ll find time some time. Time will tell. It’s only a matter of time. We’re in a race against time. Time flies….
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as
wise, making the best use of the time…”
Ephesians 5: 15-16a
I firmly believe we are called to budget our time just as if it were our dollars. There is a common misunderstanding that to budget is to strip something of fun and freedom. That’s just not the case. Drawing healthy boundaries in our lives leads not to bondage but to liberty. Budgeting allows us to take everything into account and make thoughtful decisions about how our limited resources are used. It gives us more freedom because we can see the areas that need to be reigned in, creating margin for the areas we desire to dedicate more of said resource to.
Time is not made or found. It is spent. There is a set amount of time in the day, but the way we choose to spend it is key. We all have the same 24 hours. The quality of our life hinges on what we choose to do with those hours. “The bottom line is managing ourselves within the time frame granted to us.” (Hummel)
Ann Dillard once said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” It all adds up. All of it. We make deposits and over days, weeks, months and years, our lives will be a showcase for how we have chosen to spend the time we've been given.
Many of us (me), can get fixated on the completion of tasks, running from one to the next in the name of productivity. There is a perpetual to-do list calling our names that will create a slaves out of us if we don't pay close attention. We will find ourselves idolizing efficiency rather than living effectively. There will always be urgent things vying for our attention, but we can choose to plan and create margin in our lives for the things that are important. It’s when we take a step back and choose the important over the urgent (or choosing the important mindset even while doing the urgent things that sometimes require our attention), that we will begin to see that there in fact is time for those things we'd been thinking there wasn’t time for.
Why am I hammering home this issue of time?
This is my first lifestyle post because I want this to provide the foundation for all I will be writing about in this space. I want everything here to be viewed through the lens of making an effort to use the time we have been given in a God-honoring manner. This is going to be a space for a wide variety of topics from social media, rest, schedules, organization, exercise, etc. I know that God desires us to view even things such as these in a way that would bring glory to Him and joy to us and those around us. This is going to be one of the more “practical living” pages on this website that I hope will encourage you and I to make decisions about our time that will lead to us living well for the glory of God and for our well-being.
May the prayer of our hearts be that we would walk in wisdom, making the best use of time, not letting the urgent crowd out the important.
In view of God's mercy,