Are you a Time Traveller, like your Westheights Kid?
On Sunday, we discovered that we are all Time Travellers–that our creative God had this amazing notion of time (Genesis 1:14) and that He not only made His idea into a reality, but He placed us right in the middle of it!
We trust that time was what we needed to be in, and that as we travel steadily through it, that we’re using each minute to its fullest. But hey, that doesn’t mean that we need to fill every minute–as many of us have the tendency to do! Rather, it means that we schedule wisely, and let God be the Driver as we navigate through this life…With the familiar chant of our produce-achieve-produce-achieve-Breathe!-produce-achieve-produce-achieve culture pounding in our ears!
How can we be good managers of this gift from our King?
Pray, pray, pray. Look to God for direction about how He would like you to invest your time. Develop your listening skills, and spend time with your Guide. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said… “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:39)
Rest, rest, rest. Appreciate the gift of work. Relish the gift of rest. Nurture a Sabbath heart. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2:3)
Do what’s important. How will we know what that is? How about starting with pray, pray, pray and rest, rest, rest, so that we’re in the right posture to discover the exciting things God has planned for us? For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)
Let go of what’s not. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens..(Ecclesiastes 3:1)
See if your child can remember these points, and the motions that go with them!…And take time together to pray, pray, pray, and rest, rest, rest. Your Grade 3-5 kids are ready to talk about priorities, and how to use their time to invest in prayer, rest and joining God at strategic points in his Kingdom work…Which may include birthday parties, trips to soccer fields, piano recitals, and games of Manhunt…!
And wouldn’t it be so cool for our kids to be in on some of our prioritizing? Not to see a perfect manager in action–as if!–but to watch the struggle, as we try to keep our goals in mind through the everyday…
Let’s show our kids how to take care of time. Stewards of the 4th dimension…Wow! Who knew?