Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock. Where does time go?
Calendars, alarm clocks, phones ringing, message and Facebook notifications, appointment books, watches, bells ringing to begin and end school days. Time just keeps flying. The older I get the faster the days are going and I am retired.
One thing I have learned about time is it goes faster and faster. People always say that, and trust me it is true it is going faster and faster. Sometimes I just want to slow down and do less, and God whispers to me to keep going, keep going forward, keep telling others; so I do.
How do you spend your days? I have to admit I am constantly on the move. Sometimes I have so much on my mind it is hard to go to sleep. I’m busy running around looking at the clock, glancing at my watch, and I know at the same time God is busy too watching me, going before me and behind me.
For some reason I thought retirement would be relaxing watching Hallmark movies and reading books and it was for a month or two, but I felt God whispering and nudging in all sorts of ways, and I did things I did not think I could do, or was qualified to do. I know in my heart that as I started spending more time personally with Him each morning praying and in Bible study that I was able to hear Him like I had never before.
So, what am I doing with my precious time right now:
- I am involved in the World’s largest on-line Bible studies with Proverbs 31. I love it, and it has grown me more than any that I have ever done at church. Don’t get me wrong, I love my church Bible studies and go to them every chance I get, but with these I am not just a participant, I am a team leader. Who would have thought this shy introvert could do that.
- I substitute teach. I felt that calling to be a light in my community in the public school system. It is certainly not for the money at minimum wage. Some days I don’t feel like a light, but I’m working on it. I cannot believe I followed through with this one.
- I get to work my dream job – unpaid in dollars, but paid in love and a whole lot of joy – keeping my two grandsons while my daughter and daughter-in-law work from home. It’s the job I always wanted when my two kids were growing up, and now God has allowed me this precious time with those boys. I pray I will live old enough to watch them grow up, and perhaps I will get to see them marry someday.
- Getting my house organized. Eeeeek. Oh my after 46 years working outside the home, running kids to and fro, doing every job at church I was asked. You know sing in the choir, church clerk, pre-school/nursery director, teacher of 4s and 5s, coordinating women’s ministry and on and on. The house does not look like something in a magazine YET, but hey it is looking better than ever.
We all have choices of what we do with our time. For me it definitely resolves around Jesus and Him on my mind. I love this quote:
“For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.
I choose love . . .”. Max Lucado\
Joining Kate Matoung today at Five-Minute Friday and the prompt is time.