05 February 2013
Taking back time
24 hours in each day
7 days in each week
and minutes tick on
and hours flash past
days and weeks hurry on
and it feels like life just slips away...
Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. Psalm 39:4-5 NLT
The beginning of a new year is useful as a time to reflect and pray and plan, a time to put aside bad habits replacing them with something better. I pondered ways I could take back fleeting time and decided to take a break from playing computer games.
This should have been easy, but habits grow deep. It felt like my fingers wanted to press keyboard keys, and without a tight reign on my hands I would have clicked to open game boards without even thinking.
It has been more than a month. I have more time to read, more time to write, more time for real connection with the people God places in my path. I can't say I don't miss the games, or that I won't ever return to a bit of play now and then, but I am rejoicing that I have moved beyond the automatic, mindlessness of habitual play.
I can't add a minute to the time God has portioned for me, but I can choose to use what He has given in ways that best bring glory to His name.
linking up with Peter today as we talk about habits