Here in Bryan County, it is the week of spring break for our students and teachers.
I always have tried to keep up with that sort of thing so I can relate to the students in my church. But on top of that, I am married to a teacher. Our lives continue to revolve around the school calendar. We don’t take vacations during the school year, even though we have reached the age where our children are grown and gone. And until my wife retires, we will continue to be tied to that calendar.
Please understand this: We are all tied to a calendar or schedule in some ways. Even those who are retired live according what they place on their own calendar, even if it is nothing more than doctor’s appointments or games and recitals for our grandchildren.
As a pastor, I have dealt with many different people through the years. So many of the retirees I have known tell me (with a straight face) that they are busier now than they were before retirement. Most of these folks are the kind of people you would want to help in your organization, so they volunteer their churches and communities all the time. They also continue to be involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren.
I have one significant observation about that. Almost all of us have used an excuse before that we ought to use only with care: “I don’t have the time.” But the truth is that we all have the same amount of time each day. You cannot manufacture time, and no one can take it from you. It really is in your hands. It’s not that you don’t have the time, but you have to make your own priorities.
The Bible speaks about our time and how we use it. We read, “Teach me to number my days.” That simply is a reminder to do all we can to use our time wisely. Again, you are limited to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. That is universally true. How are you using that time?
When you remember that every moment is a gift from the Lord, you will be more careful to use those moments for him. Let me encourage you to do just that. Any time spent serving and worshiping the one who made us is time well-spent.