Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Sacrifice of Time

The August 2nd selection in Jesus Calling (by Sarah Young) reads, 


BRING ME THE SACRIFICE of your time: a most precious commodity. In this action-addicted world, few of My children take time to sit quietly in My Presence. But for those who do, blessings flow like streams of living water. I, the One from whom all blessings flow, am also blessed by our time together. This is a deep mystery; do not try to fathom it. Instead, glorify Me by delighting in Me. Enjoy Me now and forever!

I love how Sarah Young phrases these vignettes in Jesus' point-of-view. Time truly is a precious commodity, and time with Him is too. A friend and I were commenting yesterday that recent days seem to be flying by! I can hardly believe August is already here. And before we know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be around the corner, followed swiftly by another new year.

On a walk the other night, Joe and I discussed this very thing. He was listening to a sermon on James while I was listening to Mandisa (Hey, don't judge me! Her new CD is fabulous!), and we started talking about these verses in chapter four...

"Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone."

We agreed that this is exactly how each day feels right now. Like morning fog. Here and gone. These verses served as a reminder to me that only what we do for God will last. Everything else fades to nothing.

I was also reminded to slow down, and to cherish more time spent with loved ones. Yes, there's always work that needs to be done, and we need to work as though we're working for the Lord, not for people (Colossians 3:23), but we also need to take "Sabbath time." To refresh our souls, and to cherish family and friends. I did some of that this weekend...

Karen Schurrer, my editor with Bethany House Publishers, was here in town with her husband, Jeff, and we ran to Chuy's for dinner on Sunday night. Fun!



Karen is quite the photographer too, and she brought along her camera and took some pictures of my family. In between the jokes and sarcastic comments (both of which flow freely in the Alexander household)...

 

Karen managed to capture us––Jack too––with our eyes open at the same time...


As I "bring Christ the sacrifice of my time" today (however odd that sounds to me, as if time with Him is ever a sacrifice on my part), I'm praying that you too will pause to dwell in His presence––to delight in Him––perhaps more consciously than you normally do amidst the hustle and bustle.

Glad we're in this together...

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this reminder. Our time is so precious, yet we often fill it with things that are temporary. How many times have I heard (and even said) "I need some ME time". I think our intentions are good and there are times we need to stop and recharge, but rarely is it said, "I need some GOD time". Honestly I feel more recharged when I spend time with Him. God is teaching me about this, too, and it was really encouraging to see it affirmed through your post. Thanks for the freebies! I also recently picked up "Stealing Jake" by Pam Hillman, "Hostage in Havana"by Noel Hynd, "Maggie Come Lately" by Michelle Buckman, "Veiled Freedom" by Jeanette Windle, "On the Trail: An Outdoor Book for Girls" by Lina Beard, "5 of the USA's best Trips" by Lonely Planet, "Beauty and the Beast" by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, and "A Girl of the Limberlost" by Gene Stratton-Porter. I know that's a lot! : ) God bless~Stacey

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  2. Thanks for these, Stacey! Wonderful! I'm off to nab them! And yes on that God time versus me time. God time is sooo much more fulfilling! You're loved!

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  3. Hey Tammy! Thanks for the info on the free kindle downloads! AND Happy birthday, dear friend! Hope you're having a great day!

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