How many times have you found yourself wishing that there were more than 24 hours in a day? This thought runs through my head so many times every day. Why? I simply don't have enough time to do everything I want to do.
Or do I? Do I have all the time in the world that I would ever need? Simply, the answer is YES. Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." If I am made in God's image, I have all I would ever need. He created the whole world in seven days. That's SEVEN days. If He had enough time to create us in His image, then we definitely have enough time in our day to do whatever we need to do.
Beyond what God has shown us, I have two friends that have shared different ideas with me about time. When I was once saying to one of them how I didn't have time to get something done, Justin's response was,
"If you really want to do something, you will make time for it."
If I really want to do something, I can make time for it?!? That struck me, because this summer I have called myself busy. Busy with my internship, farm chores most nights, training fair cattle, and seeing a friend or two from time to time. However, I recently had a friend visit the state. I hadn't seen him since October, and decided that I would have to make time if I wanted to catch up. I finally took Justin's advice. I made time. I rearranged a travel schedule, made special work arrangements with my boss, and traveled an extra 9 1/2 hours round trip. Hanging out with that person completely made all the effort worth it, and I proved Justin right. I really wanted to see my friend from out of state, so I made time for it.
Just the other night, Chris told me,
"If you don't value your own time, how are others going to value it?"
I only have 24 hours in a day. I need to make an effort to do everything in that 24 hours with purpose. Valuing the activities I spend my time doing will be the only way others will value my time. With my obligation to our family farm, I may not get to spend as much time "hanging out" as others do or as I would like sometimes. I do, however, value the time I get to spend doing chores with my family and having great conversations. When I do get to hang out with friends, I truly value that time, since it is so rare. I need to value my time before anyone can truly place value on it.
We only have 24 hours in a day, which is more than enough time to get all we have in a day done. What really matters is the value we place on our time and making time to do the things we want to do.
Do we make time to do the things we want to do?
Do we value all of the time we have so others will value our time?
Just a few more thoughts from a farmer's daughter.