Do You Have Time For This?


Yesterday, we went to my nephew’s graduation in Dallas.  I know, most graduations are not held on Sunday afternoon, but this one was.  The school is the same Christian School that I went to years ago (quite a few actually).  He was the Salutatorian and made a fine speech on "character."  It was kind of strange watching him graduate.  (Is he old enough to be graduating?) 

My daughter found my graduation class picture on the wall.  ("There you are Dad!  Ha!")   That was a long time ago.  Meanwhile, time is moving on–rather quickly.  In some ways, I am running out of time:

1.  I don’t have time to waste on things that don’t matter….I have plenty of time for the things that count.

2.  I don’t have time to get moody, self-centered, and irritable….I do have time to love my wife and children.

3.  I don’t have time to wallow in the past at what might have been….I do have time to focus on what God wants to do in my life today.

4.  I don’t have time to play self-importance games (Who do you know?  What kind of house do you live in? What have your kids accomplished? What are you driving?)….I do have time to build up others and forget myself.

5.  I don’t have time to coddle worldly, immature Christians whose idea of church is getting their way….I have plenty of time to love fellow Christians who may have various opinions.

6.  I don’t have time to be a peacemonger (doing whatever it takes to keep others from getting upset)….I do have time to be a peacemaker (loving people no matter what).

7.  I don’t have time to play it safe.  My life will soon be over….I do have time to risk.  I can trust God who has promised to never leave me or forsake me.

8.  I don’t have time to whine and blame others for being obstacles….I do have time to take responsibility for my own actions and behavior.

9.  I don’t have time to complain and focus on the negative….I do have time speak a word of hope to people who are overwhelmed by heartache.

10. I don’t have time to settle for the mediocre….I do have time to be passionate about what matters most to God.

Time is moving quickly.  What do you have time for this week?

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