Robbing Time


See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.—Eph 5:15-16 (KJV)

It's amazing how much time we spend "transitioning" each day. Transitions are those daily occasions where we're migrating from one activity to another (like, say, driving to and from work) or where we're taking a fairly passive role in what we're doing (like, say, waiting in line at the grocery store). Transitions can include also things like taking a shower, using the bathroom, etc. I'd venture that most of us spend anywhere from one to two hours a day transitioning.

Over the years, I've been a huge proponent of using transition times to reconnect with God. These times last from only a few seconds to as long as ten minutes or more. When I "notice" I'm in transition, I rob that time and use it to turn toward God. Usually, I'll just recite (over and over until I run out of time) a verse of scripture, a slogan, or a prayer I memorized long ago. Some of my favorite transition go-to phrases are as follows:

  • Lord, have mercy.

  • Father...I want to walk before You in holiness, humility, and purity of heart all the days of my life.

  • The Lord is with me; I have tied myself to the Master.

  • Jesus, I have You; You are my healing.

  • For freedom's sake, I punish myself in training, drive fear from my heart, and empty myself out before God. Like a rescue swimmer, I brave the deep so others may live.

Redeem time by robbing it from your transitions. It's a great way to reconnect with God or with who you are as His child. Peace to you, friends...

 

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