We’ve all seen advice on time management. I’ve taken a few seminars and classes, looking for more helpful techniques to manage time as best I can. In our ever-faster world, we look for ways to save and carve out time for ourselves and the things most precious to us. I think back over the years and all the promises we heard on the labor saving devices and technology destined to save us time and effort. Yet it’s clear the pace of life has not diminished one bit, but grown even more frantic. You recall the rather timeless passage from Ecclesiastes, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…a time to break down, and a time to build up…” We’re reminded that life always has its seasons and all of them, good or bad, are under God’s care. Whatever season you find yourself in now, it will not always last. Whatever season we find ourselves facing, God is present and working. Sometimes we need a season to re-evaluate life and self, our priorities and what we need to make life worthwhile. We’ve talked in our worship series, “Overbooked,” about how life can seem so fast and fleeting. How can we slow things down or hold on more firmly to the time that is most valuable to us? Join us Sunday, when we’ll talk about what it takes to do just that.

 

We can’t stop the clock, but we can allow God to enter our time in ways that reorient us or reframe what is most important. We may not always be able to slow down the clock, but we make life more purposeful so that the ways we use our time matter more to us and those we care about.

 

Sunday, we worship God who is truly Lord of our lives and all of our days, past, present and future.

 

Rev. Dr. Dave Summers
Senior Pastor, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church

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