Killing Time!

Saturday, May 7, 2022
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Ephesians 5:16-17 – Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (ESV)

Psalm 90:12 – So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. (ESV)

I met a friend unexpectedly, and I asked what he was up to. The answer? "Just killing time." He wasn't the first person to answer in such a way … we are all guilty of killing time! It's a common enough saying, but it struck me in a peculiar way, and I can't get it out of my head. I started thinking of this killing time as one of the greatest crimes. There is simply no way to get it back once it's gone, and it is one of the few things that we have just so much of and no more. Queen Elizabeth I once said, "All my possessions for a moment of time."

You might be forgiven for thinking that I'm jesting about killing time. I'm not. Henry David Thoreau said, "As if you could kill time without injuring eternity." Scripture teaches us both the brevity of our time and the importance of using our time for the things of eternity. There are few greater gifts than time, and offering our time to others is offering an important part of ourselves. Spending our time in positive ways is part of fulfilling our life's purpose. That's a strange phrase as well — "spending our time". We have only so much time to spend, and we are counselled to spend it wisely.

In The purpose driven life: What on earth am I here for? Rick Warren writes:

    Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.

Okay, it's time to get on with our day. We have this wonderful gift just waiting for us to embrace it and make the most of it. Carpe diem!

Prayer: Great God, giver of every good and perfect gift, we take this moment in time to offer thanks and praise to You for the gift of time, for the gift of eternity, and for the gift of Jesus, Who promises us life in all its fullness. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Kenn.

    Love this! Very thought provoking.

    Wonderful and yet challenging! Blessings.

    Such a wonderful devotion. Thank you. Blessings.

    Well said, so true!!

    Thanks Kenn for the devotional moment.

    Thank you for this inspiring reminder of time.
    (On. Canada)

    Well said! Thank you for this bit of wisdom.
    (Alabama USA)

    Thank you for sharing this thoughtful devotional with us. Blessings.

    Thank you, Kenn. I will remember this next time I unthinkingly use that phrase.

    Thank you for this message. I know I need to hear it and work at remembering it and you said it so well.

    What a true message. Once you hit 80, every day is a gift from God that you recognize and give thanks.

    I have a friend who often will say, “I Have time I have not used yet“. That really irks me and seems like such a waste.

    Thank you Kenn,
    I needed to read these words today.

    Thank you so much for this strong reminder of a truth that I needed today!

    Thanks Kenn. Yes, we must remember that our time is precious and we should spend it wisely. Do take care. Blessings.

    Always enjoy your contributions to the Daily devotions. Still remember you as a student minister here way back when. God Bless.

    Kenn, it was the waste of precious time that I was sorry about. Your devotional was a good reminder to take stock of how I’m using the time I’m living here on earth.
    Every blessing in Christ Jesus.

    To my dismay I just ended my 38-day Wordle streak, taking much longer on the last guess than usual but still not guessing the right word. Then I read your devotional about the preciousness of time…

    Kenn – complete agreement here, as I have long chosen to invest my minutes and hours. Of course, I have made many poor investments and must keep up a regular internal audit to cherish this gift as God would direct.

    I’ve always loved that quote of Thoreau’s about the possibility of ‘injuring eternity,’ which to Thoreau was a Real Thing, capable of being injured. This is yet another good thing to be taught to 4- and 5-year-olds about life. Grateful to you for sharing it.

    Greetings Kenn,
    Thanks for another interesting and “right on” devotionals today. Time is certainly a major role in our daily life and it is so important that we take time to praise and honour our loving Saviour each and every day for His special care. Blessings to you for taking time to write and submit these special devotionals.

    Dear Kenn,
    This is a great reminder to use our time wisely and remember to give some of it to others.
    You remind us also that we need to thank God for the gift of time that he has given us.
    We also need to appreciate the time that others give to us and thank God for that gift also.
    Your message is coming just as we are about to celebrate Mother’s Day and a reminder of all the time our parents have gifted to us.
    Thank you for sharing this message of using our time wisely because it is a gift. Blessings.

    Thank you for this special reminder, Kenneth.


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