Break Time

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For many students right now we are coming up on Exam Time. Unfortunately that means less sleep, more stress, and tons of homework. I mean, I’ll admit that it is pretty hard to relax when you have teachers throwing assignments at you from all sides, and telling you “this will go on your permanent school records, and will count towards your future,” or some statement along the lines of that. It’s about that time that I begin to freak out a little. And when that stressful time comes, I often put my bible in a corner and forget about it for a while… Even though I know that this is probably when I will need God’s steadying hand in an even bigger way.

 

And so, as exam time comes I am going to try and take a few minutes everyday, I’m think I will set aside about 20 minutes to deliberately sit quietly, pray, read my bible, journal; whatever it takes to get myself in the mindset of relying on God and to feel his strength working in me. I trust that these moments are when I do my best, all because God is with me. 

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Out Of Time

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“I’ll be there in a minute.”

“Tomorrow is the deadline.”

“I’m running out of time.”

“It’s time to go.”

“How much time do we have?”

 

Time. Time. Time. Our lives revolve around time, and it controls us. Every moment we spend doing one thing, is one moment that we are not doing another thing. If that’s not confusing enough, then think about this: there is no such thing as free time. Really, there isn’t! Time is not free; it never was, and never will be. Time is a gift from God, and wewaste it all the time, thinking that time is endless, that there will always be more time. But in reality, none of us could be farther from the truth.

 

Recently, I was struck with the profound thought that I need to fill my time with worthwhile things, before my time runs out.Sometimes I wonder if maybe the day when my timewill run out is coming soon. Although I’m not very old, and still very inexperienced, I do know that time is a very delicate thing. And as I sit and watch a movie, or even writeon this blog I cannot help but think that this is valuable time that I could be spending elsewhere, on things much more productive. Like what, you ask? Like God, I say.

 

So how do we know where our time should be spent? What should we invest our time into? That is where God intervenes. God knows what is best for us, and what is necessary to all of our lives. He shows us where we should put our efforts into, and he places us where we need to be: He provides us opportunities and chances to spend our time wisely. He tells us that there is a time for everything under the heavens:

 

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

 

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to seek, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to tear, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silent, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time for war, and a time for peace.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

So ask yourself now; where are you spending your time?

 

Tick tock, tick tock.