Redeeming the Time

During the cancer days, I was sitting at the medical center, getting overwhelmed by how fast time seemed to have passed by. I had no idea how many days I might have left, and I was not where I’d hoped my life would be at that point.

I felt the Lord speak to my heart, “Do you see the days of your life as running out, or as being fulfilled?” Immediately the verse from Ephesians 5:16 came to mind: “Redeem the time, because the days are evil.”

For the first time I saw it not as a fearful warning, but as a joyful invitation to see life as God does. Redeeming time means living fully and purposefully. It’s taking every opportunity to pursue what God says is possible, regardless of what’s going on.

Despite what the mirror might say, time is your friend. Every day it invites you to see yourself, and everyone else, as God does. A revelation of the finiteness of life makes you more intentional with choices that grow your identity, and empowers you to meet each day with peace, confidence, and joy.

Spend a little of your gift of time asking the Lord to help you reset your heart and mind to see life with all the wisdom and love he does. In that mindset, time slows in a sense, because you can fully be in your moments and enjoy them. I pray today is truly fulfilling for you.

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