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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: Time to re-evaluate
By Eddie Snipes


"I can't wait until the kids get out of school. Then I'll have more time." That was my comment last year. The summer went by in a blur. Friends, family, church, and yard work demanded so much time. Before I knew it, it was mid-August and the kids were heading back to class. "Whew! Now I can catch my breath and find time to get caught up."

The Holidays are now upon us, and I haven't had time to slow down yet. Now we have various family events for Thanksgiving, and just as we finish these, we'll be heading off for Christmas get-togethers. If we can just get through the holidays, maybe things will slow down. Wait a minute. Didn't I say that last year, too? Isn't January through May the time we try to cram everything in before summer? And summer the time we cram everything in before the fall academic season?

The pattern never changes. It's impossible to find the time for everything we want to do, but how do we fit in the things that are the most important? The things demanding the most attention may not be the things we'll care about at the end of our lives. In fact, most of these time-demanders will have no value next week.

Kids grow up in the blink of an eye and before we know it, life is in the twilight years. Yet the vast majority of our life's investments are in things we won't care about down the road.

Will I care about my favorite TV shows at the end of my life? Will I care next year? Why am I investing the majority of my free time in something that has no lasting value?

Relationships are the only things that matter. When questioned about the greatest commandments, Jesus said we need only to be concerned about the two which fulfill everything that matters in life. Love God. Love people. Loving God is first, for without having a heart grounded in Christ, we won't have the ability to love others as ourselves.

According to the Bible, the love of God is poured into our hearts by His Spirit. He then instructs us to love others with the love He has flowing through us. The way is before us Ė if we donít allow valueless things to crowd our path.

"I don't have time for prayer and Bible study." I've heard this said by many a Christian. I've said it myself. Then I realized I was actually saying, "I love other things more."

We must be intentional about relationships, or they won't happen. The heart grows distant when we push relationships aside. Loving God requires a heart that loves spending time with Him. Quiet time is not a checkbox on a list. It's time set aside to get to know someone who has expressed more love toward us than we can comprehend.

When dating, I don't recall saying that I didn't have time to see my future wife. I valued that relationship enough to set everything else aside. The same is true today. Sometimes I have to stop and evaluate what I'm focusing my life upon. The Lord who created me and the people He created are the only things that will pass from this life to the next. Why love what is destined to fall from my life?

Love God and love people. Nothing else matters. Nothing else is truly worthy of the investment of time.

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Christina Banks 11/23/12
A very good reminder about the lasting value of relationships.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/24/12
This is a beautiful devotion. I really liked how you started with a real-life problem many people can relate to. Then you went into how to focus that conflict and apply it to our life as Christians. It is true, life does fly by so fast. We need to remember what is really important.
C D Swanson 11/27/12
WOnderful job with this lovely devotional. Thanks.
God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/29/12
Congratulations for your beautiful ribbon and for ranking 14 over all! Great job!
Bea Edwards 11/30/12
Congratulations on this insightful piece Eddie. The most precious gift we can give is time and I think you captured that in your article.