40 Days, 40 Prayers

Day 4, or Wasted Time

We, as people, love to spend our time judging how other people spend their time.

If you like to sit and daydream for hours or take long walks with no destination, you’re flighty. If you like to stay at home with a cup of tea and a good book instead of going to parties, you’re boring.

And all this time we spend judging other people is our own.

We value time so much that we can never ever have any leftover, not one spare moment. It’s so important to us that we must give it all away and keep none for ourselves. We have to keep busy. Busy makes us important.

It is true that what one spends one’s time on says a lot about a person. So if you don’t spend time on yourself, how important are you? If you don’t spend time on God, how important is He?

People of the world don’t understand Christians who spend so much of their life praying and going to church, when they don’t even know if they’ll get anything out of it in the end.

They don’t realise that seeds planted in faith will always yield good fruit. And we don’t have to wait for the harvest to know it. We receive measure for measure of what we give, by the mere giving of it. And we hope even greater treasures await us in the hereafter.

Time is wasted by putting too many irons in the fire when you don’t care about any of them. Time is wasted by doing what everybody tells you that you should be doing, instead of finding out what you are called to be doing.

Rediscovering and fostering a relationship with yourself daily is not wasted time. Rediscovering and fostering a relationship with God daily is not wasted time. Faith is not wasted time.

My prayer for today:

Lord, when I feel like I must spend my time on what the world deems important, remind me that the things of this world are passing away, but Your kingdom is forever.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

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