Are You Aware of Wasted Moments?
God wants you on the planet today! Quite simply, if you are alive today, God has a reason for having you here.
2 Cor 6:2 “I tell you now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
Time is not to be wasted. God has given us exactly the amount of time we need to complete our responsibilities, fulfill our purpose, rest and enjoy life. The verse above warns us not to drag our feet, thinking there will be a better time for our salvation or that of others, or even a better time to forgive, a better time to love, you could miss the opportunity all together.
Romans 13:13-14 (MSG), “We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!”
Every purpose for life is given a time.
At the moment as we deal with a pandemic worldwide, I am very aware of so many people waiting for this time to end and what was “normal” to come back. People are slow to rebuild relationships, slow to start business, slow to get back to worship, slow to be personally disciplined. More and more I believe that this time we are living in is the new season, and that opportunities to adapt to our world and get moving are being wasted.
Isaiah 46:10 “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” God has set a time for all that He has planned and so too, in your life there is times set for things to happen (Jer 29:11).
Ecc 3:1-8 also speaks of specific times: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” There is the right time and the wrong time, and there is God’s appointed time. (1 Cor 4:5; Matt 26:18; Matt 8:29; Habakkuk 2:3; Daniel 11:35; Ps 102:13; Ps 75:2 are all passages referring to God’s appointed time.)
There is no chance, or coincidence to your life, everything is controlled to God’s appointed time.
Ecc 3:11 tells us God’s purpose: “He has made all things beautiful in His time.” We are called to living one day at a time, making one day beautiful at a time, to translate into a beautiful week, beautiful month, beautiful year, beautiful life. Every moment of every day counts. The beauty of life takes all the moments, times and seasons that are a part of it. On our journey we are making each season of our lives beautiful and the challenge is to be content and present in each season instead of impatiently waiting for this time to end.
- What is there is this time of your life that needs to be done? Is there something that needs to be prepared, something that needs to be completed.
- Is there a relationship that needs work, or repair, or re-connection?
Some seasons are easy to recognize, but in light of eternity, the season you are in is very small. Some of us are enjoying the season, others not, but each season or time has an appointed time period and each has its own lessons to be learnt. Sometimes we make a season longer than it needs to be because we don’t want to learn the lessons, or want the season to end. But we need to recognize the times we are in, the seasons we are moving through and this requires that we be alert to the moment. (Wakey- Wakey)
How many moments in life are presented to you?
As you look back over your childhood, you may recognize missed moments. How many moments in our adult life are we missing? Is it because we are not present in the moment, but waiting perhaps for “One day…” or reminiscing about “That day…” or spending time in a social media world, or taking our cues from other people?
In the movie, Click, Adam Sandler plays a workaholic architect, who has been overlooking his family in favor of his career. He comes across a universal remote that allows him to pause certain events in his life or fast-forward over them. He chooses to fast forward some of the stuff he does not enjoy, like communication times with his wife, family time, important conversations with his loved ones and hard times. Moments that were not as pleasant for him as others. The universal remote begins creating its own memory and automatically starts choosing what to fast-forward over based on his previous choices. In the end, when everything falls apart, the man sees how much of his personal life has passed him by and how many moments he had lost by choosing not to live fully present and awake in them. In the end he wastes his life by choosing to fast forward through the moments.
Moments don’t last, but the fruit does. The fruit of the moment determines its worth. Stop and think about that for a moment. What fruit has been produced in your life since the pandemic? Life is a series of NOW moments, now is the time, this is the day. These moments will not be given again. The prodigal son, in the end, gets all his assets and wealth back, but he does not get the time back. The disciples that fell asleep while Jesus was praying, will never get that moment back.
We waste time when we are not fully engaged in the moment.
Moments can be defining. A look at Hebrews 11 – the heroes of faith chapter – we see that some moments have great risk associated with them, they are not fail-safe or risk free. What would have happened if David had never taken sandwiches to his brothers and heard Goliath curse? What would have happened if Rahab had not helped the spies? What would have happened if Abraham did not put Isaac on the altar? What would have happened if David had not gone walking on the roof that day? What would have happened if Ruth had gone home with Orpah? We don’t know, but that moment defined and changed the course of their lives.
- Are you aware of the moments God has put you in, now?
- Are you practicing at attitude of being fully awake, aware and appreciative of the moments you are given?
- Evaluate the time you are in now and the attitude you are taking? Are you wasting this moment of your life?
Lord help me to wake up and be aware of the moments in my life. Help me to be fully present and not to miss defining moments, or opportunities to plants seeds in moments that others may think are unimportant. Help me to be aware of moments in relationships that will have an effect years from now. Help me to watch in anticipation for those moments so that I can fully utilize them and fulfill my life purpose. I declare that I am aware of moments and am fully present in all times and seasons of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.