Wes McGarrah HS Pastor Mesa Campus
I’m not sure why but I recently went back and looked at a paper I wrote for a class. The paper made me think of what I’m doing with my time. Oh, and just so we’re clear, I don’t normally spend my evenings taking in my old work with a grin on my face muttering, “Wow…that was a great read!” I’m not the guy who has trophies over his fireplace and stands next to them and tells everyone visiting about my “great accomplishments” in life. I might be that guy, but I always picture those types in a blazer…I don’t own a blazer. But, anyway, I was thinking about time.
The paper I was asked to write actually came after I graduated. It was this past year in fact. I went to Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon and every year they have something called Major/Minor Chapel. It’s where students go to a room with everyone else in their major and the professors try and tell everyone why they picked the right major/minor. An upper classman usually says something smart enough to impress underclassman and then a paper, written by someone who has graduated the program, is read to everyone currently enrolled. This year I was that person who wrote the paper that was read. It made me think. It made me think of my time. What did I do with it in college, what had I been doing with it after I graduated and what was I doing with my time now.
I’ll pose it to you. What are you doing with your time?
I wrote a paper that gave me the chance to look back over my time as a student, call them the glory years if you want to. But, I also had to write about my time now. The things I have been doing since graduating with a Bible Degree. A lot had changed since the day I graduated and the day I wrote that paper. A lot more has changed from writing that paper until now. But what will happen in the years to come? How many will I even have? Am I being a good steward of my time?
My Life Group has recently been going through the book of James. In chapter 4 James writes,
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Did you catch that? We are a mist James says. A mist! You’re there and then you’re gone! When I read my paper and was thinking about how I’m spending my time that verse popped into my mind. Whatever we’re doing with our time, we sure don’t have much time to get it done! It really makes you put value on what you do. Who you hang out with, what your Monday Morning looks like. Everything. It puts it all into perspective. We’re a mist. One day, this life as we know it will all be over. So the question remains…what are you and I doing with our time?
If you don’t know, can I just encourage you to give whatever time you think, or don’t think you have, to God. There’s a lot that you could be doing…I get it. I really do! But what are we doing with our time that God goes, “Yep, I can use that”
Earlier in James 4 he talks about how God jealously longs for the Spirit he has caused to dwell in us. For those who have believed in the work and person of Christ, the Holy Spirit is literally dwelling in us! God is longing, jealously longing, to be connected with the Spirit that dwells in us. He wants…our…time. He wants us to stop what we’re doing and acknowledge him and have communion with him.
There isn’t much time; we’re only a mist. So why wouldn’t we spend the rest of the time we’ve got with the one who put us here in the first place and jealously longs to be in relationship with us.
What are we doing with our time?