Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Quality Time and Relationships

Quality time equals quality relationships, and, because time is our most precious resource, sacrificing other activities for family and marriage is our statement of love.

We demonstrate what we truly love by how we spend our discretionary time.
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But first we must interpret time, or, more appropriately, our times.
There are so many temptations regarding using our time unwisely—it’s not about using our time inappropriately, as many appropriate things may be done that are still unwise.
The fact is the spent second never returns to us; it’s gone.
Spend the second well and there is the feeling of joy, prosperity, accomplishment. Spend it not so well and there’s always regret, initially, and then grief.
The sad reality is we all have a multiplicity of regret about how we’ve wasted our time. Still, God in his grace has given the average person much more time than is typically wasted. We get the opportunity to the right the wrong way gone; there are hundreds of them.
Interpreting our times, and making the most of the moments we have—in shrewdness—is vast in its application of truth: that is, wisdom.
Gauging what is best done with the hours in our days, equally, requires much discernment—and the ability to acknowledge truth.
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We have no excuse, really, in not going after the simple things in life, that present the best of opportunities to live out God’s will: to spend purposeful hours with family, sowing and investing in their lives, just as we allow them to pour their love into ours.
But there are many things that would compete.
Many items of preference will need to be sorted through, as we consider the many different ways we’ve been blessed with. So many of these ‘blessed things’ compete for time with our dear ones. So many of them may prove to be follies.
Watching my son grow up before my eyes is scary for this fact. No longer, soon, will he be little. This is a reminder that my time is passing. And though this life seems long, it’s truly no more than a vapour.
The object of this article is to cause the reader to think—“I haven’t thought this way for a long time; perhaps it’s overdue.”
We never get a second chance to ‘do’ now’s moment better. Now is quickly gone; replaced by a new now. Making sound decisions regarding what we do and how we spend our time is wisdom; a wisdom available to all.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.

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