If you suddenly had an extra hour of free time every day, what would you do with it?
Do you feel time poor — too busy checking things off your to-do list to focus on anything else? In an “always-on” world, texts, invitations, commitments and distractions never stop. And as the holidays inch closer, pressure builds when our schedules expand with seasonal activities.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and fantasize about having 25 hours in a day. Or 26!
Instead of looking for hours that will never show up, remember that each day really is a gift. It’s often said that time is the most valuable thing you have. When you give your time to others, you make a bold statement about how much you value them.
Pastor Rick Warren put it this way: “The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.”
As the holidays roll around, try “gift wrapping” small packages of your time to share when you spot a need.
You have areas of influence in your daily life — the people you know and the places you go. Sharing the gift of your time with those around you can strengthen relationships in your neighborhood and community.
God notices how and what you give. He even calls it a sacrifice because He knows you have to set aside your personal agenda to help someone else:
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16, New International Version).
You can squeeze an extra hour out of your day if you make it a priority. Get creative!
Whether you’re an outsider to a tradition that seems strange or wondering about your own, try to move beyond your “head” to your “heart.” Instead of critiquing what doesn’t make sense, ask where traditions come from.
What are your hopes for the new year? What will it take to make them happen? Set your goals, then look for the right path forward.
Everyone needs to take steps to grow in faith. We want to help you take yours. Only God can truly change you. Invite Him into your growth this year. Here are some resources designed to help you grow in your relationship with Him.
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