Time can be a friend or a foe. Timing can be on your side or about to run out on the next Cinderella. As a new year approaches, I have been pondering the best strategy to maximize each moment. The apostle Paul provides advice to take advantage of the days you are given on this earth.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil, Ephesians 5:15-16.
If you want to practice Carpe Diem, “seize the day,” a careful examination is necessary. Reflecting each night before you go to sleep can help individuals determine how well or poorly your time was spent. Paul uses the word walk, referring to how you invested your time. What did you do, say or which opportunities did you let slip away? This daily self evaluation serves as a method to improve your use of time in the future.
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is, Ephesians 5:17.
The second aspect you must consider is God’s will for your life. Are you doing what God created you to do or have you been wandering in the wilderness, not sure what to do or where to go next? Ascertaining God’s will brings purpose and meaning to life, enabling you to begin to maximize each moment. Sure, there will be detours, dead ends and rock blocks that you will face, but those who discover God’s will often press on to the end. May 2018 be the year God’s Holy Spirit opens your eyes, Galatians 5:25, to find your place in this world so that maximizing the moment becomes reality.
by Jay Mankus