Christmas is less than two months away. It is such a wonderful time. "Time" filled with family, friends, great food, and gifts. It is the time that we celebrate the birth of our Savor. Unfortunately, His birth sometimes gets lost in the festivities. And oh the money we spend on gifts. I have struggled so in the past trying to find the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Just what do you give someone who has it all?
I can't say that I remember all the material gifts that I have received. But I can say that I remember the times that people gave of themselves, gifts of the heart, of unselfish giving. They gave of their time; time to talk, to laugh, to cry, or to just listen, time to visit.
The gift of time is invaluable. To those around us, it speaks love, it speaks affirming words that they are valuable to us; "worth our time." In this fast paced world, time certainly gets away from us. We have good intentions but our busy schedules don't allow us "time" to get it all accomplished.
Unfortunately, we sometimes find it is too late. You know that phone call you meant to make, that visit you meant to go on, that card you meant to send, that "time" you meant to spend. Hours turn into days, days into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years. And before we know it the opportunity to spend our "time" as we would have it has passed.
In talking with those who are soon to go home, oh what they would give for just a little more "time." Time is life, precious life, of which God has blessed us.
I encourage you to live a "No Regrets" lifestyle. Use your time wisely. Each week write down how you will spend your gift of "time." What do you want to accomplish this week? Who do you need to reach out to? What amends, if any, do you need to make? Unload any baggage that you are carrying that consumes your precious "time."
Make a point to ask yourself, "How can I make the world a better place today?" Spend quiet time with God. Ask Him how He would have you spend your moments. He has for you a hope, a plan, and a future, you must open yourself up to the possibilities.
Give your gift of time to those around you; your family, your friends, the lonely, the downtrodden, the widow, the homebound. When we get out of self and live selfless, the rewards are unending. We are able to get outside of ourselves and look to the many opportunities to give hope, love and the wonderful message of grace and life eternal.
Remember "The religion that God considers pure is to visit the widows and orphans in their time of need and not become polluted by the world." James 1:27.
May your life be the amazing journey that God planned for you when He placed you in the womb, and may you be filled with unshakeable joy and peace!
We are a combination of mind, body and spirit, each of which must be nurtured if we are to live life to the fullest.
Please take at least 20-30 minutes of your "time", 3-5 times weekly to condition your cardiovascular system. Your heart is a muscle, it requires exercise to remain strong. Options: walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, aerobics, hiking, gardening. Get moving!
Just because the temperature is dropping doesn't mean you need extra insulation. We tend to gain weight over the winter months. Watch your caloric intake, eat vegetables, lean meats and legumes. Limit carbohydrates. Avoid sweets and canned carbonated drinks.
Live Happy! Live Strong! Live out Loud!