Tragedy often strikes without warning. We can tell countless stories of people here one moment and then gone the next. This is not for us to live in despair, but rather to redeem the time.
In the face of tragedy, we remember just how precious life is and we challenge ourselves not to take our time for granted.
And for a moment we do seek to make the most of every opportunity God has given us.
But we soon forget and many of our days are once again wasted.
We waste time when we’re lazy – when there’s good to be done and we’re unwilling to do the work needed.
Time is also wasted when we’re distracted with mere busy work or with tasks that are not ours to do.
On the other hand, we redeem the time as we make the most of every opportunity to bring more life and goodness into the world – doing work that matters and fully engaging in the practice of love.
We often feel behind. And the encouragement to redeem the time feels like pressure to make something happen now.
But rushing ahead in fear is not making the most of opportunities.
Many times our best move is learning to play the long game – investing in what’s to come rather than merely seeking the immediate payoffs.
But this long game requires much soul searching and discovering the deep desires of our heart.
Without this soul excavation, we might briefly remember to make the most of our time. But we soon forget and return to taking our days for granted.
As we discover more of who God has called us to be, we redeem the time because living on purpose is now simply who we are.
Redeem the time by investing in the man God has called you to be.
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