I enjoy riddles and had a few I thought I would share with you!
I have to work every day, every second, every hour, every minute, day in and day out. What am I?
My answer was a mother, which I think may be just as appropriate! And all the moms said, "Amen!"
It's a question you can ask all day long and get completely different but correct answers. What is the question?
"What time is is?!"
This question is asked in many different forms and in many different ways.
We are asked this question by our kids. "Are we there yet?!"
We are asked this question by co-workers. "Is it 5 o'clock yet?!"
We are asked this question by our spouse. "Where did all the time go?!"
We are asked this question by ourself. "Why isn't there enough time?!"
I feel the same way! Twenty-four hours in a day may not be enough time. At least not enough if you would like to get in a full 8 hours of sleep at night! Some mornings I wake up more tired than I went to bed! Time is always eluding us and if I'm not mistaken, seems to go by faster the older I get.
In Genesis 6 and 7 we see the story of Noah. He was given a tremendous task of building an ark. This wasn't a simple fishing boat. If you do research, you will find it was 510 ft in length! It was taller than a modern 4-story house and has the storage capacity of about 450 standard semi-trailers. Noah built it without our modern conveniences either. If you have a chance you should check out more information about the ark at Ark Encounter. I know that Noah lived a significantly longer time than we did, but it still took him 55-75 years to build the ark. Can you imagine working on the same project for that long?
We all agree that Noah had plenty to do before the flood. Build the ark, gather food, gather animals, put them all in there respective places on the ark. With all that was going on I love how Genesis 7 starts, "When everything was ready." God gave enough time and enough help for Noah to complete his task. He did not move a minute early. This should mean a lot to anyone who has plenty to do, because God also gives us enough time and help for us to compete our task. So then, how should we live?
1. Free of Worry
In the words of an annoying and overly played Disney song, "Let it go!" In the words of Jesus in Matthew 6, "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" He wasn't telling a riddle that had some phantom answer to it. The answer is and will forever be, "No."
2. Work Diligently
Pray like it is up to God, but work like it is up to you! Let's do our part, as Noah did. Don't be scared to take a time-management class. Be honest with yourself and your weak spots. I say it often because it's true, "we are capable of more than we think we are."
3. Be more God-focused and People-focused than you are Time-focused
We serve a God who can make the sun stand still for a task to get completed. Put your focus where it needs to be. Let's make sure that we are about His business, making disciples and loving people.