“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Two Tips on Time

(Please read Ephesians 5:5-15)

August 29

“Making the most of your time” – so much easier said than done! We could not do it alone, but we have the assurance of Paul’s ringing declaration: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NAS). Even so, it can be hard to make the best use of our time. Here are a couple of suggestions that may be helpful in turning that objective into reality.

First, love the right thing. “Set your mind on the things above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:3). Whatever we love is what we will work for. The person who deeply loves the Lord will find it easy to be zealous for him. Sure, we have to live here and that takes work, but we must also have time to labor for the One we love most.

Second, think lightly of sorrow. Grief has its place, yes, but do not allow grief to overpower you and color your outlook. The person who dwells continually on his sorrow risks becoming self-centered and self-pitying, to the detriment of his service to others. We should, instead, place our sorrows in the proper perspective by comparing them with the joys just ahead, as Paul did: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

What a magnificent thought! “The glory that is to be revealed to us” overshadows everything that is mortal – including fears, sorrows, illness and death. This realization can help us recover from calamity and live happily in God’s service.

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