The Most Precious Gift

“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom… Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days…” ~ Psalm 90:12, 14

What is it that you treasure most? What is that thing you fiercely protect more than anything else in your life? Family or relationships? Money or physical possessions? Status? Career? How about your time?

As the years pass, life gets busier, and these days I find myself hesitant to commit to anything unless it brings me joy at some level. Getting up early has never been my favorite thing, so I really thought it would be a big struggle for me when God nudged me to start getting up earlier to spend the first few moments of my day with him as a tithe of my time. As it turns out, the more time you spend with him, the better you can know and love him. Makes sense, huh? Surprisingly, since I started doing that, I often find myself waking before the alarm sounds because I know my Lord is waiting for me! His love and the gift of his presence fill my heart with such indescribable joy that I am frequently reluctant to leave, regardless of what time it is. The most remarkable thing is that now I seem to have more time in the mornings than ever. Even though my quiet time often stretches far beyond the time my alarm used to wake me up, I never feel rushed and almost always get to work at least 10-15 minutes early. Amazing!

One of the most hurtful things I have ever experienced is loving someone with my whole heart while knowing that spending time with me was not a priority for them. I can only imagine that God feels the same way when we take for granted his precious gift and spend it on everything else without giving him a second thought.

Kierkegaard said time should be measured with an hour glass instead of a clock because the sand in an hour glass is a finite amount, while the hands of the clock just spin with no end in sight. While the end of our lives is seldom foreseeable, there is one truth we can depend on: our time will run out. You can have the best family, the most rewarding career, and all the money in the world, but if you don’t have the time to enjoy it, you might as well not have it.

So I have to ask: When you come face-to-face with God, what will you say about how you spent the time he gave you?

Today is a priceless gift from God, just for you. No one else can do in the next 24 hours what you can do with the time God has given you. Make it count! Spend it meaningfully because tomorrow is not promised to any of us. You might try spending some of it with Him. He is the only one who can multiply it.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for the gift of life. Help me live it with meaning and purpose for your glory and in your service. Forgive me when I spend this precious time on things that are insignificant when viewed in the light of Eternity. I love you, praise you and ask that you would use me to accomplish your purpose and plan for your honor and in your service, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Additional Scriptures:

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

~ 2 Peter 3:8-9

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

~ Ephesians 5:15-17

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'" ~ James 4:13-15

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