January 30, 2013

.redeeming the time.

I have a little brother. A very wise little brother. As the older sister, I like to think that I know just a tad more than him and that he is constantly learning from me. More often than not, however, he is the one teaching me.

A few weeks ago, we and some friends were talking about time. The ever elusive time. Will we ever have enough? Not enough hours in the day, not enough days in the week, not enough weeks in a year, not enough years in a life. It's hard coming to grips with it sometimes.

As we were sitting there discussing time, we began complaining about not having enough time to do the things we wanted or to see the people we wanted. My brother spoke up (he has a habit of doing that) and reminded us that we were wrong. It's simple mathematics. (He has a very mathematical brain.)

There's 168 hours in a week. Let's say you get an average 8 hours of sleep every night (56 hours), that leaves us with 112 awake hours in our week. If you work full time (40 hours), you are left with 72 hours. Even adding in 5 hours of driving time for the week, and 7 hours for church on Sunday and Wednesday, that leaves us with 60 hours of FREE time. That's a lot of hours!!

When he explained that to us, I was astounded....and convicted. I have a part time job, so I have even more free time. So, the problem isn't "not enough time." And if it's not that, than what?? Sadly, I think it's two things.

1. Our Outlook. I tend to only view time when I have absolutely nothing going on as "free time." I schedule coffee with a girlfriend, game nights with friends, lunch with family, and Bible studies as things I "have to do." Not always, but too often. These are things I get to do. These are blessings. And pathetic as I am, I often use these times to whine about my "busy" life and "lack of time." What is wrong with me?? We should even be viewing work as a blessing. Using that time to build relationships, talk about God, learn something new, and challenge ourselves.

2. Our Priorities. This could also be classified as laziness. It's the american way. I will watch ten episodes of Law & Order in a row and then complain that "I don't have time ... to read that book or take that class or hang out with such and such..." What it boils down to is doing what I want to do, and if it's not something I really want to do then it's "a chore." I need to reevaluate my priorities. What's really important in life? God, ministering to others, family and loved ones, and then waaaaay down the line myself.

....Maybe this is just me. Maybe I'm the only one who has a problem with time management and thankfulness. If I'm not, then won't you join me in changing your viewpoint and see every second as important?

4 comments on ".redeeming the time."

  1. Oh, how many times have I heard this lecture from your little brother! ;) It really is so true, though. I have him constantly reminding me of this and I still complain about having no time.
    P.S. I love that picture. =]

    1. I bet you've heart it maaaany times. He just doesn't quit! ;) I love this picture too! It makes me happy. :)

  2. So, so true! I've been so convicted about this lately. It's easy to say, "I just don't have time to do the things I want" when, in reality, it's poor time management and laziness that are to blame. I'm working on little changes--like taking my book to the gym so I can read while I run, or making a schedule for the week with the things I "need" to do AND the things I "want" to do so I know there is enough time for it all. Good word from your little brother. They do like to keep us in line, don't they?

    1. I can imagine it's even harder to "find time" when you have a little one! Because by nap time you just wanna crash rather than doing something! I am a BIG fan of schedules. haha I have little post it notes with lists and papers with schedules all over the place. Good luck! :)