Let me pose a question for you as the year 2020 has come upon us: “What is the best use of your time?” Before you answer that... listen to the advice from some kids:
1) Steve, age 8- “Sleep in your clothes so you’ll be dressed in the morning.”
2) Rose, age 7 - “Don’t try to hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of water.”
3) Laura, age 13- “Never try to baptize a cat.”
4) Joel, age 12- “Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.”
Good advice indeed. But I would like to offer a far more important piece of advice to make the best use of your time. The Bible says, “Be very careful how you live, not as unwise but as wise, redeem the time; make the most of every opportunity.” -- Ephesians 5:15-16
Here are some categories for making the most of every opportunity:
1) Redeem your time with God – whether it be in comfort or crisis; connecting with God is an excellent way to make the most out of your circumstances. A church family can assist you to wisely REDEEM your walk of faith with God.
2) Redeem your time with your family – share a meal, share a question, share a prayer. A church family can assist you to wisely REDEEM your walk with your family.
3) Redeem your time with others – have you received an act of kindness? – PASS IT ON. A church family can assist you to wisely REDEEM your compassion toward others.
“Dream not too much of what you’ll do tomorrow,
Or how well perhaps you’ll do another year;
Tomorrow’s chance you do not need to borrow.
Redeem the time -- Today is here
Dale Clifton is the pastor at Fish Lake Chapel in Ogilvie.