2 Timothy 1:6a – For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God. (NIV)
Having just completed a course that took a lot of my time over the past two years, I found myself needing something important to do. I can spend only so much time looking out the window watching the birds industriously gathering twigs for their nests.
As we get older, it is inevitable that we see our time left on this earth becoming shorter. I find that I am valuing that time more and more highly and am wanting to use it to good advantage, not just to do with as I please.
Many of us have unused gifts and talents, compassion and help, which so many people around us could benefit from. True, we all need to enjoy a measure of fun and relaxation, but we also need to be generous with our time, sharing the gifts God has given to us. Especially as we retire, it is important for us to engage in activities that give us a sense of making a significant contribution to the lives of others, in order for us to feel a continuing sense of purpose.
Using our time as a gift is most precious not only for ourselves, but also for others, for we are saved to do good works and to do them more abundantly.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)
Let us make use the gift of time in positive ways, so that both we and others will benefit as we share with one another.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may we come to understand how it is that You want us to use our gifts and talents. Enable us to make good use of our time in a spirit of power, not giving in to a spirit of timidity. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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