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.