Why Time Goes So Fast

Our pastoral team spent several hours yesterday planning our calendar for 2019. It’s a little strange planning Christmas now – – not Christmas this year but our Christmas plans for next year!

I’m convinced time seems to whiz by because we all have such busy calendars. Not only are we planning for 2019 but we’re also planning for November 2018 and  December 2018 as well. We don’t have time for October to slowly move by because we are planning for two months later.

What truly amazes is me is how many young adults, college students, and even high school students who complain about the rapid passage of time.

How can we get time to slow down?

First, we can fully and completely live in this day, doing all we do for the glory of God, and making the most of every opportunity. Paul told the church at Colossae to do “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). He also encouraged the church to “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

The more we use our days for productive pursuits the more we will think of our days as having significance and value. Whatever you do, do it for God and His glory.

Second, we can spend as much time as possible with people, knowing that relationships fuel joy and ministry. It’s easy to get caught up in whatever we have to do and miss what really matters. God made us for relationship–relationship with Him and relationship with others. Use your time blessing others and you will be blessed as well.
Finally, we can rejoice in this one day God has given us. This is the day the Lord has made. We really must spend our time being glad in this one day God has provided (Psalm 118:24).
We can’t do much about the passage of time, but we can make each day meaningful toward God and toward others.
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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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