Thursday, March 14, 2013

Time and Passion, Please

Another hour has passed and your schoolwork isn't done and the pile of chores you know needs done still looms over you like a gray cloud. Instead of being productive, you feel yourself in a tale spin of social media, Internet surfing, game playing, and time-consuming little projects. At the end of the day, what have you accomplished other than witty memes, and "liking" a thousand things?

Time is one of the most precious gifts we are given. And just as with money, we need to learn how to give, spend, and save it. You may not have any money in your life right now, but you do have time that needs managing. So how are you investing your time? Is it in a job? Bad friendships? Helping others?

Look at your time in the perspective of eternity! Our time on earth is very short -- 80 or 100 years max. What we do with our time here will follow us through eternity. So when we stand before God, what shall we say? I had the best pinterest account ever or I knitted 100 scarves?

Now, am I implying that you leave everything you have and go live in Africa? No. I'm saying use your gifting, find your passion, use it to the glory of Christ.

It's just that simple and it's just that hard.

If you knit, then find a group of people who would benefit from your skills, like a pregnancy crisis center. Then make an impact on the Kingdom to come by knitting for unborn babies.

Get creative! Ask for passion from the Lord! Learn what Jeremiah is speaking of when he said there was fire in his bones. Get started on the road God has mapped out for you and your special calling -- be it singing, writing, teaching, or working on cars. As you go through your day, you may start out with passion and drive, but remember this verse:

So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.
Romans 7:21

Evil will come against you and you will be tempted. Facebook will call you back for hours of scrolling a newsfeed. Your favorite show will have a marathon beckoning you to sit and forget the tasks you need to accomplish. Spend your time wisely! Give to others, spend it productively, and save some time for relaxation and relationships.

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