A wise man once said, “Don’t ever let life go so fast, that it has a chance to pass you by.” Do you find yourself rushing in the morning as you shove a few bites of a bagel down, trying not to spill your coffee while you join the gridlock traffic jam? Are you running around in the morning, getting your kids fed, clothed, and making lunches so you can rush them off to school in time to get yourself to work? Is your appointment book so full that you can’t even squeeze in time for your spouse? Are your weekends filled with dance recitals, soccer practice, and birthday events? Are you making it through the day, or do you actually live with a purpose? Time has a pesky way of rushing by without you realizing. When was the last time you sat down to truly evaluate the joy in your life? How precious is your time, and do you share it with others?
Author Rick Warren shares his evaluation of time, “When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.” This observation of investing in others by blessing them with your time is something we often overlook. Many days we are so busy that we don’t even have time to give our family, let alone others, and this pattern of exhaustion is what takes a toll on our joy. Think about your daily living and try to reflect on what you do with your free time when you have it. The truth is that there are people out there, including your family, who would not only benefit from receiving your love, but you could also be blessed with in return.
When being busy becomes a disease that affects everyone, you begin to question the meaning of your life. You start to wonder what you are doing all this for. Have you ever thought about what you’re actually accomplishing from time spent running around? Do you know intimate details about the ones you truly love? Who is your daughter’s favorite teammate? When was the last time you sat down with your spouse and just cuddled? Can you remember if you have admired the sunset recently or were you just glancing at it on the freeway? Do you enjoy playing board games with your kids or do they collect dust inside the cabinet? Is your sister just a Facebook friend or do you take the time to call and see how she is doing? You may not have as much free time as you think you need, but sometimes a simple gesture of love goes a long way.
If giving your time away is a gift, then gift it with a smile. Prioritize your calendar and pencil it in if you have to, but realize that you don’t have to spend in time to smell the roses. They have been there the whole time, only you rush past them with a latte in your hand. Make it a point to reach out to someone you have lost touch with and call them. When you give love, you get it in return, and who couldn’t use a little more of it in their life? Once you get the hang of managing your crazy schedule and see the benefits from giving your time as a gift, it will give you peace in return. Just make sure that whatever you do, you do it with love.
Sabrina Short, Staff Writer