William Penn once said, "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst". Time is a precious commodity today, especially for the family. As I observe my own daughter and her husband juggling the responsibilities of five children and full time jobs I am amazed that they find time to sleep at all! Everyone is moving in different directions with little time to spend together. The energy that is needed to keep this busy family moving will not be replenished throughout the day. Instead, more will be required at a higher cost to the family nearly depleting their emotional and spiritual bank accounts.
In a recent survey I conducted among young families the number one complaint shared by most was their race against the clock! If Penn's wisdom can teach us anything we must learn how best to use our time. If not, we will continue to run through the day anxiously trying to beat the clock, but always coming in second.
Time is not an opponent, but a gift from God who loves us and desires to spend some time with us. When we recognize and respond to this gift our attitudes and priorities change in ways that will benefit ourselves and our families. Spending time with God is time well spent because it is in this time with Him that we receive the necessary strength, peace and wisdom to deal with the demands and challenges that we will face every day.
Time will not stand still until we catch up, but will continue to move forward toward its destination.....the end of the day. We cannot stop it, but we have the power to choose how best to use the time we have received. As the expression goes, 'Rome wasn't build in a day' so take the time to spend with God and those you love...... this will be time well spent!