Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
When you’re little you long to be a big kid, and when you’re a teenager you frustratingly count the days left until “freedom”. But something happens when you hit adulthood, it’s like life hits hyper speed, and all you want to do is slow down the hands of time and hold on to the now. Time truly does fly and there is nothing you can do to stop it.
The watch in the photo above is my grandfather’s watch, he gave it to my dad and now I have it. The sad thing is I didn’t really know either of those men. Even so, they are my history and without them I wouldn’t exist. Their lives were a vapor, I doubt they had any idea they’d never seem me go to prom, graduate high school, get married and have children. They had no idea they wouldn’t be apart of their child and grand child’s life. I hope and pray I am around to see my children and grandchildren live their lives. But there is no guarantee, I may not get to see tomorrow. That’s the funny thing about time, it will never stop but my life will.
So the question is; What do we do with the time we have? I am a “busy” person, I tend to say “Yes” a lot and over extend myself. Where this kind of life has given me many friends and opportunities, it just makes time move faster. And the older I get the more I want time to slow down. Earlier this summer I down sized my possession and moved into a smaller home. This down sizing although very tough was truly refreshing. Less to clean, less to worry about and the peace that comes with having less has given me renewed life. Still my down sizing didn’t just stop with “things”, I prayerfully came to the decision to downsize the “busy” in my life. Saying, “No” more often than “Yes”, being home almost every night of the week and giving the best of myself to my family has slowed down time. I’m no longer rushing to the next meeting, having my kids constantly watched by babysitters and falling into bed every night completely exhausted and empty. Instead I get to play more with my kids, enjoy my friends and I’ve allowed myself to have time that isn’t filled. I am less stressed and for the first time in my life truly content.
It is not easy for me to slow down, it actually goes against what my brain and personality want to do. I want to be constantly running from place to place, I want to help every person I meet and I want to be everywhere at once. However that is physically impossible. Nevertheless as I take a look at the hands of time and watch them spin out of control, I need to find ways to slow it down, find ways to actually live and be a part of life. You and I were not created to be bound by meetings, obligations, cell phones and schedules. You and I were created to live, to enjoy this world God created for you, to cherish the blessings He has given you, and you were created to LIVE.
I hear all the time people complaining about time moving to fast or saying “Where did the time go?”, but they do little to slow it down. It’s your life and you get to choose how you live it. Make your time worth something, work will never be done, people will never get enough, but you can take the time to breathe in Gods love and live in the moment, I promise in that moment time will slow. Put down the phone, cancel that pointless meeting, turn off the TV and get out there.
So it’s your choice, let today slip away with no purpose or slow down and give you and those around you the gift of time.