The Beauty of Boundaries Day 2 – Boundaries With Our Time
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17, ESV)
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” (Colossians 4:5, ESV)
Years back, I remember how hard it was to simply go to the bathroom in peace. Little ones followed me around; dogs followed me around (that still happens). Finding time to spend with Jesus was difficult, as school schedules pressed in along with all the chores of managing a household well. I always found time to shower. I always found time to eat my meals. I always found time to enjoy spending moments with my kids, knowing how fleeting those years would be—and my, how quickly they passed! But many times, I remember crawling into bed wondering how the entire day passed without spending any of it with Jesus. This caused me to wrestle with guilt, but I would comfort myself with the promise that when life slowed down I would do better.
Fast forward to today, and guess what? Life is still busy! Maybe it’s less so than in those years of raising our family, but Satan still uses busyness to deflect our investing in our relationship with Christ.
So, what do we do about that? Do we just keep up the rat race, squeezing in moments with Jesus when we get them? I don’t think that ever works out well for us, and if we want to grow spiritually, we will need to set some boundaries with managing our time.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that we do make time for what truly matters to our hearts, and so what I allow into my day says a lot about me. And the opposite is also true: what I fail to do is very telling about what truly matters to me.
What’s worked well for me is making my time with the Lord part of my schedule, and in doing so, it’s become my habit. I meet with Him first thing in the morning. Just after waking up, I take my dogs out, make my coffee, and head to my favorite spot on the couch. Mornings are best for me because I’m alert, the day stretches ahead, and I have this time with Him before the day gets away from me. When I used to do it at the end of my day, I was exhausted and rushed, and just wanted to cross it off my list of things to do so I could go to sleep. For you, maybe nighttime works best, but I think it’s a fair question to ask yourself at what time you will be available, alert and unhurried, and then choose accordingly.
We only have the time allotted to us here to store up treasure in heaven. We are given kingdom work to accomplish, but it’s up to us to be available to do that work—or not. We can spend so much of life on legitimate pursuits, like work, family and service in our local church. We can even spend much of it on hobbies, sports, and leisure. But how sad it will be to get to heaven and see that we really didn’t give much of our time to storing up reward there. We were too busy, too distracted, and too involved with worldly things.
Today is a new day—to say “yes” to things that have eternal value, to pour yourself into serving Him, learning more about Him, and putting Him first. Today you can choose to re-arrange your daily schedule as needed to meet with the Lord regularly. Protect that time with Him, and don’t let anything but an emergency pull you away from it. We will never be sorry for the time spent growing in Christ and knowing Him better.