Time spent is the language of love. When you make time to connect,
to help, to serve it matters. Yesterday someone called to check in on me. Because I’m old fashioned, texting doesn’t really do it for me. She knows this, and picked up the phone. She said I noticed. She said I care. She said I want to be sure you are okay. It made my day.
We make time for the things that matter, the things that are important. My schedule will tell you what I value, far more clearly than my statement of faith. How I spend my minutes, hours, and days are actually what I am doing with my life. I believe my time here is limited and I want to use it well. So, I try and align my hours with my purpose and live intentionally. In my life this means:
Putting people first- I’m learning to prioritize people over tasks. This does not come naturally for me. I must choose to slow down, to listen, to engage with people…to truly see them. Connection doesn’t usually happen organically, it must be intentionally cultivated, and that takes time. But, it makes all the difference.
Living out my calling- There are some things that are essentially me. When I am free to open up and express my truth, everything changes. It takes time for me to cultivate my gifts, find my voice, and learn to express myself.
Aligning my life to my priorities- How I live matters. No matter where I am, living with integrity and aligning my life to a core set of values is essential. I want to live from the inside out, not swept along by the opinions of others, but steadily from my heart.
The thing about time is… we all have the same amount. People have more and less money than I do, others have more and less status than I do, but everyone has the same amount of time. Let’s be people who are accountable for our hours, and use them well. What do you need to make time for today?
Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.
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