Spend Time with Your Family & Loved Ones

Spend Time with Your Family & Loved Ones

Remember how short my time is . . . (Ps 89:47)

But this I say, brethren, the time is short . . . (1 Cor 7:29)

. . . redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  (Eph 5:16)

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.  (Col 4:5)

We must “redeem our time” according to these Scriptures.  What does this mean?  I believe it means that time is a gift given to each one of us by God, and that He wants us to use it wisely and responsibly.  We must rescue our time from barreness, and improve it for important purposes.  We must seize opportunities as they arise!  Opportunities to do good; to bless our spouses and children, and to spread the Good News of Jesus. 

I’m what’s called a “senior citizen,” and I can testify that decades pass very, very quickly.  You can hardly believe that it has all been spent so rapidly!  When people are on their deathbeds, they may think of the hours and the years that they misspent, and repent of it heartily. 

So no matter how old you are—life isn’t over until it’s over!  Value your time as the precious gift it is, and spend it with those whom you love.  Don’t make the common mistake of getting so busy with life and your unremitting responsibilities that you ignore your spouse, children, and relatives.  Don’t neglect your relatives and closest friends, either! 

You can’t retrieve the time that you’ve missed with your loved ones, and you may unintentionally hurt them by placing all of your attention and energies elsewhere.  So consider this a wake-up call.  It’s time to repent and to turn in the opposite direction.

Reassess your life and your priorities.  Determine today to share your time and yourself (your most precious gifts) with your spouse and children.  Play with your kids; talk to your spouse; share meals with your family.  Play games together, and plan vacations together.  Spend simple time together, and remember to let your family know—in clear words—how very much you love them and love to spend time with them. 

When you’ve done a lot of that, remember to make room to include your close friends into your family events and gatherings.  In this way, everyone will be able to connect, create memories, and to be blessed.

Grieving (Over Anything) Is a Process

Grieving (Over Anything) Is a Process

When tragic situations enter our lives, it’s vital for us to learn how to meet and grieve that loss. Grieving after a significant loss in a person’s life takes time.  The loss could be any one of a number of things: 

  • the death of a loved one;
  • the loss of financial security;
  • the loss of a relationship;
  • a lost career; or
  • losing a home, or any other kind of loss.

Grief is a process; and everyone grieves in different ways and heals in different ways.  So, no one can say how long it will take, or what it will look like. 

However, we can know that Jesus will be with us every step of the way for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  (Heb 13:5)  He understands what we’re going through, and His love for us is constant and unwavering.

Since each person will experience the grieving process differently, it means that they will have different needs.  Loss is a painful but unavoidable part of life.  Even Jesus mourned.  (Joh 11:35; Mat 23:37-39)  Grieving (mourning) eventually takes a person to a place of acceptance and healing. 

Some people prefer to go through this process alone, and others need someone to come alongside them to assist them through it.  Whichever way works well for a person is the route that they should take. 

Since grief is a natural, human response to pain and loss, we must accept that it serves a purpose for good in our lives.  It does not displease the Lord, and there is no reason to feel ashamed of it, or to need to defend it to anyone.

Remember to receive comfort from the Scriptures and from the presence of the Lord; and to share what you’re experiencing with trusted friends and relatives.  The Lord is with you surrounding you with His love, peace, and presence.