by Joan Clayton
Each day is a gift from God, just waiting to be opened. How I use that gift is up to me. I cannot save it. I cannot put it in the bank. I cannot use it tomorrow.
I must use my gift now or it will be forever lost. I must use wisdom. My gift of time is limited. In Psalm 90:12, I am told: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Since time cannot be reclaimed, there is no room for remorse and regrets. Brooding over past mistakes wastes the time allotted for me today. Pointing out others’ failures and bringing up the past replaces today’s time with the idol of self-pity, filling today with bitterness, cynicism, and complaining.
Once I realize that, as a child of God, “old things are passed away and all things become new,” I arise a new creation in Christ Jesus. My time on earth is a gift, more precious than gold. This gold emerges as the fruit of the Spirit, the product of Jesus’ control, by joining my life to His. I want to spend my gift of time living out these fruits in my life.
If I use my gift of time walking in the fruit of the Spirit, then I will be joyful, because I have spent today wisely. Love in my heart and love for others takes priority in how I live out my time for today.
My gift of time is wrapped in shiny paper with ribbons of joy attached. I can’t wait to open my gift, because the Lord makes every day exciting! I will discover new opportunities, new challenges, new insights and new people to love.
If I want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in me, I must know Jesus, love Him, remember Him and imitate Him. I must nail my sinful nature to the cross, and depend upon Him moment by moment through the Spirit’s power, to overcome my sin.
I find that God’s gift of time to me is a treasure box of jewels. They are precious stones that can make today memorable!
Giving away God’s diamonds make His gift of time brilliant, shining into the lives of others. Those diamonds sparkle with a visit to the hospital. Those diamonds are a comfort to a bereaved family. His diamonds bring hope in an encouraging letter or note. His diamonds glow to the words “I love you!”
God’s treasure box of time is meant to be used just for today. Psalm 112:6,7 gives the results of time well used: “For he will never be shaken; the righteous will be remembered forever. He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the lord.”
Open your gift of time from God today.