It’s precious. It’s wasted. It’s too short. Too long. Too demanded of it. Not compensated appropriately for it. A measure of length. Time is all of these things. What happens when someone doesn’t make time to show you you are precious to them? That time is not wasted when spent with you. That time with you is always too short; never enough time to spend with you. You should never have to demand from someone that loves you, to spend time with you.
Time spent with friends and family is how we make memories. Sometimes that time can stand still, and we are able to bask in the friendship and love that surround us. The feeling that we are not only loved, but also appreciated. People value us. Because they are giving us some of their time.
What about those times when we are forgotten? Those times that people don’t show up? They don’t call? They don’t even text you. Those times we feel unappreciated. Disconnected. Lost. We feel let down. We aren’t worthy of their time. How awful those times are!
“…good times and in bad…” Famous words. We hear them at every wedding. A bride and groom promise to give the rest of their time to each other. No matter the circumstances. You’re promising to muddle through the bad times- the missed phone calls, the forgotten invitations, the family argument, the death of a loved one- and get to those good times! When the family randomly showed up on a summers afternoon and a baseball game played on the radio while you chatted and sipped sweet tea. When the birthday girl smashed her cake on your new shirt and everyone laughed because the icing blended right in. The good times filled with laughter, joy, and more laughter!
Think, right now, about a good time. A good time had with your husband or wife. Girlfriend or boyfriend. Best friend. Are you going through a rough time that those good memories are tougher and tougher to hold onto? Find another happy memory. Did you laugh? Smile? It’s so easy to be bogged down in the every day mundane life stuff. Get up, eat food, go to work, come home, eat food, go to bed. Repeat. When was the last time you watched a movie late at night on a Tuesday? How about the last time dinner was an “indoor picnic” on the floor? Take every opportunity of finding that “good time” in every one of your days.
Now; is God worth your time? Those good times. Did you share that triumph with Him? Or is it just in the bad times when you go running to Him; but shaking your fist and blaming Him for it? Have you been keeping Him up to date with joys, sorrows, trials, and successes? God should not be an afterthought. Just like those we love who are near and dear to us should not be.
Yes- we are all busy these days. We all have jam packed schedules that simply don’t allow *time* for anything else. Make that time to call a friend. Make that time to text your cousin. Make that time to cuddle with your spouse. Make that time for your own mother this week.
Time is precious. It is a gift. Make it good.
Holy Spirit; come and fill the hearts of the faithful!