I believe one of the greatest measures of a man is whether he treasures time. What value does he place on time? Does he esteem it to be of great value or regard it as something to be squandered on entertainment and pleasure? Is it his most precious resource to be used at the direction of his Lord and King?
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
I could not find the person to credit with this saying, but I love the quote: “If you’re on time, you’re late, and if you are five minutes early, you are on time.” Implementing this shows love and respect for others.
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Galatians 5:14)
We show up for work and spend our time. We go through the motions, but is our heart in it? We come home and go through the motions of being a dad and husband, but is our heart in it? We go to church and spend our time there, but is our heart in it? Perhaps we even read our Bibles every day, but is our heart in it?
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17)
It was a very cold morning, and Jesse mentioned that the birds were singing despite the frigid temperatures. I felt sorry for them. I would have opened a garage door and let them come in out of the cold, but it wouldn’t have done any good. They would not have come into the garage even to get warm. Silly little birds know what lines not to cross. They stay free because regardless of how tempted they may be by the flesh, they know to avoid danger that might cost their freedom.
Are we smarter than the birds? So many Christians are ensnared by their own lusts because they do not have sense enough to flee from danger. Sadly, many dads and pastors are so “confident” in their own ability to resist temptations that they do not have filters on their computers and mobile devices safeguarding their Internet browsing.
May I share candidly with you that perhaps it is not confidence but foolishness. “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).
With the 30 years of homeschooling behind me, I remember those spring days and the excitement of thinking about and preparing for a new homeschooling year. As I read the following Mom’s Corner I wrote during a springtime when I was actively homeschooling many children, I thought you would be encouraged by these words.