Lifestyle: Redeeming Time

Hello dear Reader, this Friday finds me home not doing whatever it is that normal people do whenever they are home. I only worked a day all week so I’ve been home a while. You’d think I’d get some good rest, but it seems my body has maintained my flying schedule as I’ve still been sleeping in intervals of 2-3 hours at a time. So much quiet time, I must say, yet somehow time is never enough. Between doing my daily Bible study, listening to sermons and writing blogposts, I seem to be maxed out! I think it’s ridiculous as there are far busier people in life. Goodness me, what am I doing with my time then?!, I’m beginning to wonder as I write this. Am I being efficient with it? Am I using it well? Is there something important I’m missing, something I’m forgetting, something I’ll regret later? I surely hope not!


Literally redeeming time 🙂 


The one trip I did this week was quite adventurous to get to because I somehow almost missed my commuter flight into Philly. My car was being serviced so Mr. Grey offered to perform the gentlemanly service of dropping me off at the airport and by the time he got to my house in the howling rain and wind, we were running a lot behind. Somehow, he managed to shorten a 40-minute trip to 25 minutes. It helps that it was the wee hours of the morning, and it helps a lot that the mustang is a fast car, and there were a couple of red light infractions… and me running through the airport like banshee … but the point is that I made my flight with seconds to spare and we both breathed a sigh of relief! It’s amazing how after a stormy period we’ve settled into this easy and comfortable friendship -much ado about nothing…

The concept of time is important, especially since we are commanded in the Bible to redeem the time in Ephesians 5:16. I don’t suppose it means turning a 40-minute trip into a 25-minute one, but surely that should count for something 🙂 Our years on earth are numbered and as such God wants us to use out time wisely. Teach us to number our days, that we may present to you a heart of wisdom, says Psalm 90:12. Such an endeavor should ideally result in us spending more time in kingdom work, advancing God’s agenda on earth. Our advancement in the things of God solely depends on our spiritual growth and our rate of transformation.


The Struggle is Very Real 


I’m struggling with this transformation issue. I get this mountain top moments where I know I have passed a test and honored my father in my responses. Then every so often I chose the wrong words and get this heart-sinking feeling, so much so I’m left wondering where that woman of God in me went; where in the world could she be hiding?! Am I even growing in stature like Jesus did (Luke 2:52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with all the people)? Am I even being transformed from glory to glory like Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:18? Am I being transformed into Christ’s likeness at all? No wonder we are advised in 2 Corinthians 5:7 to walk by faith and not by sight, for many times we won’t like what we see in the physical. Yet me must see ourselves as God sees us, perfected in every way, growing from glory to glory. We must behold before we can become. When our minds get there, our bodies will follow suit as our character is molded and formed into the likeness of Christ.


Discipline comes into play 


It bears repeating that we cannot transform ourselves. We are only transformed as we are yielded to the Holy Spirit to work this transformation in us. Yielding requires that we read the word for that is how our mind is renewed, gradually leading to transformation. Yielding requires we pray ‘without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17), invoking the spirit of God to help us. Yielding requires we fast to deny the body its passions, and to instead feed and strengthen the spirit. For our mandate on earth is to bring the things of the spirit to the earth realm. I can honestly say I’m doing all these things though I probably need to work on consistency as something seems to always give when I’m pressed for time. At which point the issue of discipline comes into play. There is a reason the followers of Jesus were called disciples. A spirit of excellence in life is a general requirement if we’re to succeed in life; lack thereof will cost us our very destiny. Discipleship requires discipline of the highest level.


Teach Us to Number Our Days 


As I grapple with this issue of discipline, I made this journal entry on Sep/27: ‘How can I get more disciplined? How do I build a structure in my erratic yet predictable life? Erratic because of the odd hours and different time zones; yet predictable because it is scheduled. How do I make this work for me? Show me how Spirit of the living God.’ Clearly this issue is still marinating within my heart. The randomness of life should not be our portion when we’ve made the choice to live for God. We are called to be measured, deliberate, purposeful, fixing our eyes on our calling and on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. The issue of redeeming time weighs heavily on my mind. I’d hate to be missing something important at this stage in my life. I’m trusting the lord to guide me, and so far he has been, oh, so very faithful in guiding me into his truth. Thank you for reading the Friday blog, wishing you all a lovely weekend, Ms. Grey xoxo

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