Never enough time

Years ago, I had the joy to travel to Asia. I fell in love with the people. The innate fellowship was so contagious. I found myself learning much more from them, then they probably learned from me.

One statement our driver casually said to me has stuck with me till this day. Our team was rushing from one place to another, in an attempt to make the greatest impact on as many people as possible. We frantically looked at our watches, hoping to stay on schedule. In passing, our humble driver just shook his head and said, “there is never enough time when you don’t see life.”

That simple statement really challenged me. It made me stop and wonder if in all our effort to do so much, had we devalued our experience and relationships. In our attempts to multiply our relationships, had we reduced the time necessary to make them meaningful?

For a long time now, I have believed that money is no longer the greatest commodity, time is. It takes a lot of work to protect our time because so many things compete for it. I look at the Church and see so many things shouting at her, “Look here! Buy this! Go here! Don’t go there! You need this! You don’t need that!” I just want to shout, “Enough is enough.”

Let me remind us of what Jesus said to the woman who was busy and worried about many things. Martha was so upset that her sister Mary wasn’t busy like her. Jesus said to Martha, “one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42).

Mary had chosen to stop and keep the main thing the main thing. She set aside all the distractions and lesser things to value the relationship that meant the most. And if you are reading this, I would gather you also have chosen the “good part.” You have chosen to make time to seek Jesus and listen. Well done!

Let me encourage you with the words of the Apostle Paul, who charged us all to redeem the time. That doesn’t mean spin a million plates, at 300 mph each. It means to make the most of every minute you have. Pause and live in every moment with purpose and proper attention.

“Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise— making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).


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