An Unlikely Ally

Philippians 3_14_An Unlikely Ally

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” (Leonard Bernstein)

We live in a time-obsessed culture.  And almost every mention of time I’ve heard within the Christian circle is a warning against being too busy.  Certainly, packing too many activities within too short a time creates a schedule that is unsustainable.  We’re wise to frequently take an inventory of all we’re doing and why.

However today, I’d like to look at time (or more correctly a shortage thereof) as our friend.  Believe it or not, a shortage of time can be a great ally – IF we’ll listen to its voice.  You see, we will never finish tomorrow the things we don’t begin today; and we’ll rarely begin unless we sense some sort of “due date.” 

The scarcity of our time should not only drive us to remove the nonessentials from our schedules, it should also motivate us to begin (and finish) the things which are most important to us.  Whether it’s visiting a neighbor, writing a letter to an old friend, or starting a needed ministry – the ticking of the clock is a reminder to get going.

Time will do one of two things – crush us under its weight if we sit still, or propel us forward if we’ll keep pressing on. 

What have you been putting off for “some day?”  That some day may never come, but today is here now – make the most of it! –Dave

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

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