The New Year lies before us. The pages of the calendar are teeming with possibility and hope. We want to make a difference. We desire to see our lives count for something. How can we do that? How do we insure that we do not waste this year? Let’s examine these questions.
To make the most of the time God has given us, first, define your purpose. What are you called and equipped to do? The Scriptures reveal that we all have spiritual gifts and proclivities. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) Find that purpose and begin to fulfill it. It may take some time and exploration. But it is well worth the cost when one’s purpose can be clearly defined.
Once your purpose is secure begin to prioritize your time around those things that fulfill your purpose. Try to limit distractions as much as possible. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t give up.
Our lives are busy and we all have to make a living, pay bills, and put food on the table. While those things matter, we are created for so much more. We are created, saved, and sanctified to worship God, love Him, and serve others. Make serving Christ the priority all year long. May the Lord help us to “redeem the time” that He has given. (Ephesians 5:16)
Finally, be patient in the process. Making a difference in someone’s life takes time. We will not be able to accomplish all we want to do as quickly as we hope. Be patient and stay the course. There will be times of failure and sin. When that happens, confess it to the Lord, receive forgiveness, and move one.
Paul teaches us to “not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Galatians 6:9) Persevere and God will use your efforts for His glory.
Understanding purpose, priority, and patience will help us to move forward in Christian maturity. We only have one life to live and that life is passing quickly. May God help us to make the most of our time. It’s our most valuable commodity!