How you use your time shapes your life

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Enjoy the journey by redeeming the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “How you use your time shapes your life”
As we begin to draw our month of thinking about redeeming the time to a close, let me ask you to consider, “What kind of a person are you in the process of becoming?”
We’re all in the process of becoming someone different from who we have been. Living things do not remain static. Even if you do nothing, time will change you. The days will pass, your body will get older, your patterns of thinking will become more established, the effects of your habits will accumulate and compound. Let me say it again, even if you do nothing, time will change you – either for good or for bad.
Therefore, it’s imperative that we be proactive and incorporate practices and patterns of living that will have a net positive effect on us, and which will help us to continue changing for the better. The best and most important use of our time is the time we spend with God. Redeeming the time and living in the moment by focusing on God draws us closer to God. You can be as close to God as you want to be, but it will depend on how much time you choose to spend with Him and how much you remain focused on Him. Throughout this month we’ve discussed various ways to accomplish this.
This morning I want to leave you with a question posed by Mark Buchanan in his great book “The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath”. Mark challenges us to ask ourselves, “Does the path I’m walking lead to a place I want to go? If I keep heading this way, will I like where I arrive?” That brings me back to my opening question, “What kind of person are you in the process of becoming?”  If you continue doing what you’re doing, will you like the person you end up being?
We can be intentional about redeeming the time God has granted to us and use it in life-giving ways that are spiritually nurturing. I encourage you to make good use of your time. By doing so you are shaping your life.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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