A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

Making the Most of Our Time

Posted on: June 16, 2015

My son will finish Grade 9 exams next week, and one of my yoga instructors has a daughter entering middle school in the fall. We can hardly believe another school year has come and gone.

Sometimes I find time goes so slowly, especially when I get caught up in the day-to-day routine, and then suddenly I’m surprised to realize we’re on the cusp of a new season, a new school year, a new stage in life, and time seems to have flown.

I ask myself where the time goes, and whether I’m making the most of it. Am I existing—just marking time—or am I really living this life I’ve been given?

Am I grateful for the people God has placed in my life? For the talents he’s given me and the opportunities to use them? For the beauty of this world he created? Am I walking in the path he’s chosen for me?

The apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 5:15-17* remind us that our time here is short and that, while we’re here, we need to follow God’s way:

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

And Paul also reminds us in Colossians 4:5-6 that, during our time here, we need to guide others to the Lord:

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.

With summer nearly upon us, may we appreciate the beauty and bounty of the season and make the most of the time to be refreshed and renewed physically, mentally and spiritually. May we enjoy relaxed, less-scheduled time with our families. May we find time to dust off underused talents or develop new ones. And may we take time to pray about whether we’re following God’s plan for our lives—and whether a change would do us good.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

~ Ephesians 2:10

(*Scripture quotes taken from the Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition.)

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Food for Thought

(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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