Where has time gone this year?

Words of Worship is a weekly column published for the Port Pirie Ministers' Association.
Words of Worship is a weekly column published for the Port Pirie Ministers' Association.

For me this year has brought a flurry of change with new roles, and new hats to wear and new challenges with new opportunities, even new grandchildren.

I really don’t know if I’m ready for another new year just yet!

Sadly we can accept how fast time is passing us by and perhaps think we have run out of time.

There were three boys who were bragging about their dad, the first boy, said, “My dad is so fast he can shoot an arrow and run and catch it before it hits the target”.

The second boy hearing that, said, “Well my dad is even faster, he works on high rise buildings and he can drop a brick from the tenth floor, and he can get down the bottom and catch it before it hits the ground”.

The third boy, not to be outdone, said, “Well my dad is so fast, he works for the council - he knocks off at 4 o’clock and he’s home by 2:30”.  

“I think we have to learn a bit more resilience at times, and to not give up, to say to ourselves, ‘it’s not over yet!’.”

I think we have to learn a bit more resilience at times, and to not give up, to say to ourselves, “it’s not over yet!’.”

Maybe to stop, take a breath and ask ourselves what we can do, and what we need to do, and prioritise the important over the urgent.

 I’m not saying, the urgent isn’t important, it’s just that, at times, we can almost panic in life and focus on demands, when we need to live life, serving determinations instead of demands.

If you’ve ever brought a piece of Ikea furniture - it’s not until the thing doesn’t look right, that we go, “where is the instructions?”

The Bible gives us instructions that we take no thought for tomorrow, that’s in Matt 6:34. So does that mean, we can be careless with today?

No, in fact the opposite, it means have you really thought about the resource that today is?  Make it count!

Maybe, your marriage needs ‘today’, maybe your friendships or your physical or  mental health need ‘today’, or perhaps even giving time for God to be involved.

Ps Mark Broadbridge

New Life Church