I have given a lot of thought to this quote by Michael Altshuler, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
Part of me wrestles with the responsibility of how I have wasted so many moments in life. At the same time, I have been blessed by so many opportunities and can look back at the memories that have been woven into my story.
My story may be different than yours, but every story has a beginning a middle and an end that we co-create with our Lord, Jesus Christ.
When an infant took his first breath, He was there. When a toddler threw a temper tantrum, He was there. When we stopped believing in Santa Claus, He took His rightful place in our lives.
The concept of being the pilot of the time I have here on this earth is a bit confusing.
Yes, I am responsible for how I choose to spend each year, month day and every moment. At the same time, I need to rely on Jesus to direct my steps into each moment so that His purpose for my life is not wasted.
Sometimes it is so hard to know when we are walking in step with Christ or if we are taking our own path. The interesting thing is that no matter how we choose to spend our time, once it is gone, it’s gone. The demands of work, family, home, social interaction, financial matters, etc., can steal our time and our joy.
It’s hard to balance daily requirements and quiet time with Jesus. The great part is, it can be done! Letting God weigh in how you spend our time will prove to have a wonderful, lasting impact. Here are a few statements and verses to gauge whether or not you are using your time wisely:
I feel calm and peaceful even in the midst of the chaos around me.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I do not feel a sense of obligation to be where I am currently
Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.
I felt a prompting to spend my time on this, and it was confirmed through prayer, the Word, and Godly counsel.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
I have a whole lot of “Martha” in me, and the “Mary” part does not always come easily. When I stop for a moment and check with the Spirit within me, I know whether or not I am flying solo or flying high with Jesus by my side. Choose how you spend your time always with Him in mind!