“A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
SON: ‘Daddy, may I ask you a question?’
DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.
SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make an hour?’
DAD: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the man said angrily.
SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’
DAD: ‘If you must know, I make $50 an hour.’
SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: ‘May I please borrow $25?’
The father was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.’
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.
‘Are you asleep, son?’ He asked.
‘No daddy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy.
‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the man. ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $25 you asked for.’
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you daddy!’ he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.
The man saw that the boy already had money and started to get angry again.
The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the father grumbled.
‘Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied.
‘Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.’
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.” ~ Unknown
Time is the most precious gift you can give to someone. Why? Because that’s what life is made of. Just like Rick Warren said it, “your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.”
The best way to spell love is TIME…
Do you agree that the greatest gift you can give someone is your TIME? I would love to know what are your thoughts on this. You can share your comment by joining the conversation below 🙂
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How do you manage your time?
Some of us obsess over time a lot, are very task focused and consult as many time management methods we can to maximise, optimise and organise our time as best we can. Then there’s those of us who are much relaxed in our approach to time. We go with the flow, never worry too much about punctuality and have a much more impulsive and spontaneous approach to how we manage our day.
Time is a gift from God. Have you ever thought about it like that before? It is precious, once a moment is lost, wasted it can never be recovered. It will forever remain a part of our history, indelibly written in our past, unchangeable. If we have wasted that moment, missed out on an opportunity to share love with someone or glimpse the beauty of God we have lost something precious.
Often we spend all our time rushing through life and, whilst we appreciate the special times, they often just feel like punctuation in the headlong surge of the busyness.
I so often have my finger glued to my smartphone and miss the joke shared by my children which has sent them into hysterical laughter.
I feel guilty when I spend time doing nothing, unable to value the rhythm between rest and productivity, allowing the two to merge together all too often.
I prioritise tasks over spending time with people, hiding behind busyness allowing it to steal what I can give to relationships.
It would seem that time is a beast that we would love to be able to tame, but for many of us is a wild animal that resists any form of control or submission. We make snap decisions about how to spend the next five, ten, thirty minutes all too often based on our feelings.
I feel like a sit down and a cuppa and I’ll just play a game or two on my phone while I grab a rest.
I feel like turning off the alarm and staying in bed, rather than getting up early to have my quiet time.
I feel the pressure to get on with these jobs round the house, rather than agreeing to sit down and do a puzzle with my little girl.
Sure, there are great techniques out there to help us to manage time better, learn to prioritize how we spend our time and free up more time to spend with our loved ones and to rest and relax. However, accepting that we can only make the best of the time that we have will enable us to all feel more contented and less like we are playing catch up all through life.
The Bible doesn’t talk about multi-tasking, increasing productivity or how to gain more hours in the day. It teaches us about rhythm, priorities and balance.
But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;
Making the best of time is learning about submission and surrender. To be intentional with our time, but in that intentionality to be guided by God.
The Christian life is full of cost – the cost of intentionally choosing to avoid sin, to have an active, intimate prayer life, to regularly feast from God’s Word, to have a godly marriage and family life, to serve God in our communities, workplaces and churches, the list goes on…
God wants us to make plans for our life, prayerfully, Biblically and prophetically. He wants us to be living intentionally. Making choices that we stick to, rather than going with the flow, drifting through life not thinking through the purpose behind why we do things.
One of the ways that we can be distinctive and stand out as Christians is through intentional living. This means prioritising the ways in which we can use our time doing what is important over the time-wasting activities which rob us of our valuable time instead.
Part of this intentionality is to have rhythm, priorities and balance.
In order to make the most of our time we need to establish a rhythm to our days that we plan and stick to, avoiding the distractions that end up wasting our time.
We need to prioritize prayerfully what is important and recognise what areas of our lives need the most time investment.
We need to bebalanced in all activities, avoiding the possibility of letting anything, be it work or leisure, take us away from other priorities.
You will not have a perfect life and sometimes you will fall short of the plans you have made. But you will have made choices which help you move in the direction towards godly living and fulfilling the purposes God has for your life. Intentional living to honour and glorify the Father.
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I'm Mel Caldicott, a full-time mum who has spent a lot of time and prayer working out how to make the Essential Thing a priority in the midst of running a home, raising my kids and having fun with my family. We have three children Ben (8), Alfie (5) and Millie (3) and a dog called Cookie. I love reading, listening to music, gardening, coffee and chocolate!