TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
REDEEM YOUR TIME (1)Colossians 4:5
There was a time when the concept of youth didn’t exist. Back in the good old days, parents would school you and marry you off to the local cobbler at the grand age of sixteen. There was no time to be youthful. And yet here we are in the third millennia, Xbox-ed up to our eyeballs, drip fed with downloads, leisure-time junkies, complaining that there just aren’t enough hours in the day for praying or ‘making time for God’. We have more time-saving devices (think of your gran stirring a pot of boiled pants with a broomstick next time you drop your clothes in the washing machine) and yet seem to have less time than any other generation.
Maybe it’s time you took control of the clock. We easily make that time for other things that we are enthusiastic about – we just need to transfer that skill into the everyday with God. Start simple. Instead of dedicating your entire October to games, books, or boxsets, think about scheduling the odd hour into quiet time. Switching your console off and opening your Bible might not be as complicated as you think.
One method might be to put a reminder on your phone for quiet time. That way you can be intentional about spending some time with God in a way you’ve decided on. Don’t feel guilty if you miss one or two – remember, ‘quiet time’ exists in order to enrich the rest of your life, not to box off God into regular quiet spots. It is good for you. Rather than file away your spiritual life into these set times alone, think about how you can spend quality time with God in order to increase the overall quality of your life.