The Rector Writes - September 2019

September is the time of year when we get back to normal routine after the summer break.

Although we can’t always choose what we what will do with our time (there may be no escaping the time spent doing the ironing, or commuting), we can control our attitude towards it. How are we to use our time wisely? What might the Bible say to us here?

Well, first, the Bible would have us see our time is a gift. Each day is an opportunity – above all to enjoy knowing God and to serve Him. Time isn’t inexhaustible: someday our time on earth will end. ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’ (Psalm 90:12). Maybe tomorrow morning, when you wake up, remember to say “thank You” to God for the gift of another day.

Second, commit your time to God. Time is not to be wasted, but to be used for God’s glory. We are accountable for the way that we use our time: ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity’ (Ephesians 5:15,16). We should ask God to give us wisdom in the way that we spend our time, prioritising in a way that reflects His concerns. (That is part of what the Lord’s Prayer is there to train us to do).

Third, set aside time for God, others, and ourselves. It is often easy to go through a whole day without consciously thinking about God. And almost as easy to avoid actually focusing on someone who needs our help. That can be a symptom of the fact that we to often relegate God to our spare time, to be fitted in when convenient (we hate it when other people treat us like that). Jesus said, ‘Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness’ (Matthew 6:33). If we prioritise our time for God, other people, and our needs, we find the rest of life fitting around them.