Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I have this thing with keys.  I lose them.  All the time.  I don't pay attention to where I put them and then spend a ridiculous amount of time looking for them.  Friends and family know I have this problem.  So.  They go about doing their own thing while I'm frantically searching for my missing keys.  It happened again last night.  I'm not sure why I've let this bad habit continue for so long, wasting a good portion of time.  It's time to make a change.
There's no reason to waste any amount of time, which is a divine gift given to each one of us.   
The time of our life is to be lived well.  But, and this is a big but, we often are confused about our responsibility with the time we're given, thinking we've got to do everything.  It requires a change of thinking:
Time is not given to do it all but to do it well.  To live well, we must turn away from the mania of wasting life with things that don't matter, giving our time to what counts for the purpose of why we are living today.  
There's a process in changing some things in our life to intentionally say no to the things that waste time.

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10, NLT).

The verse is clear . . . we put on the nature of Christ, studying the way He used time on earth, intentionally changing what needs to be changed, with the goal to live like Him.  The word, "put," not only indicates an intentional action but a choice to do it.   To make a complete change we need to evaluate each area of our life, honestly determining what we've done with the gift of  time.   Change requires intentional action . . . removing what does not belong . . . purposefully putting on the nature of Christ, determined to make time count.

Live well.
Evaluate how your time has been used.
Determine how you waste time.
Change what needs to be changed to live like Christ.
Put on the nature of Christ.
Study the Bible, learn how Christ lived on earth.
Make each day count.

Learning to Kickstart the day determined to live well.

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)