This is a season where we tend to pay attention to time. Christmas is a week away – and children are counting down the days (ok, I am too!). New Year’s Day is around the corner and we are thinking about plans and dreams for 2014. This is a good time to think about “time” – how we spend our time.
The Bible says “teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), and Paul tells his churches to “make the most of every opportunity” (Col 4:5; Eph 5:16). Time matters, how we spend our days matters. It changes how we grow, and the people we become.
Now all of this is pretty simple – but here is the rub. We live in an era where we get so many things faster and faster – and yet we seem to have less and less time. Many people are frantic, hectic, and fried out by the stress of each day – trying to cram so much in to every minute, and people piling more and more on our plates. Can we be still? (Psalm 46:10) Can we take the time to pray – slowly? Can we really study and meditate on God’s Word and let it soak into our souls, then be filled with His wisdom and love to change our days?
Jesus called people to follow Him – that meant they had to live life at His pace. That is still the challenge for us – and it requires a choice. The first disciples had to choose to follow at the pace of Jesus. We will have to make this same intentional choice. I think that if we move at the pace of Jesus we will not always fit into the pace of our world. We will have His peace.
As you count down the days to Christmas and New Year’s, take the time to think about time and Jesus. Think about His pace and His peace. Make a choice to follow Him.