“The Treasure of Time” by Rev. Robin Arnold
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” ~Matthew 6:33 NIV
Not to long ago, I was driving down the street and my car began to sputter. I looked down and realized that I had been so busy that I had forgotten to put gas in the car! As my car putted along the street, the car behind me was continuously honking. My car gave one last sputter and stopped.
The car behind me whipped around and paused long enough to give me a stern raised eyebrow. I got out of the car, went to the trunk, retrieved my “walking” shoes and the gas can and began my walk to the nearest gas station, beating myself up the entire way because I had not taken the time to pause and get gas.
As I returned I saw the infamous driver of the honking car and he said, “was that you I was honking at earlier”? I replied, “yes”. He then went on to say, “I am so sorry, I was running late for Bible Study! And then wouldn’t you know it they cancelled it!” He laughed heartily and asked if I needed any money to get gas. I said no thank you… As he pulled away, I thought, it wasn’t money I needed but just for him, or anyone to pause and take the time to see if I was all right. I could have had $86,400.00 in my pocket and it would not have done me any good if I could not have made it to the gas station! 8
6,400, a powerful number: 86,400, the number of seconds God gives us every day…and we spend every one!
Most of us are so harried and desperate just to get through another day that we don’t take time to step back every day and ask ourselves if what we’re doing really matters and if our activities reflect God’s priorities.
Often the two are disconnected, though we may be too busy to see it. However, the Bible says, “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21)
How many of us treasure the time God has given us?
How do we use our time?
Do the things we do reflect eternal treasures?
Are we seeking His kingdom with the time we have been given?
What are we pouring your hearts into?
Dear Lord, You have given me every minute of the day as a precious gift. Help me to use my time wisely on the things that are most important to You. Let me see clearly what it is you want me to do with my time and give me the courage to say no to those things that just clutter my day. ~Amen Faith In Action: Take a personal inventory. Find out where you are investing your time and if the expenditure reflects God’s priorities. Be sure to spend your time wisely. You never get it back!
Written by~ Rev. Robin Arnold
Robin is an ordained minister and a native of Denver, Colorado, she made Huntsville her home in 1982. Robin is a mother of four adult children, a grandmother of four, a mother-in-law, a niece, an aunt, a sister and a daughter which she thanks God for each and everyday. A powerful, dynamic, speaker Robin uses the gifts of the Spirit to speak from her heart and soul with a genuine love for whom God made her and for what she does. Robin has authored and published Dear God… It’s Me: Spiritual Poetry and Dear God…It’s Me – A Meditation Journal.Currently she is working on Walking Between the Raindrops, a collection of stories by and about people who have influenced her life and What is…Asked Javien a Christian children’s book collection. When asked how and/or why she does all that she does, she simply reply’s…I Am The Lord’s.