Hi there! I hope you’re having a fantastic day. ❤ In this post, I will be sharing with you something that has been deeply on my heart lately. It was on a recent car ride home with my mom that a conversation came up that really inspired both of us. By the end of our chat, the way I view something very precious in my life was completely changed. Can you guess what the topic is?
Yes, the title states it clearly: TIME.
How, where, and what we spend our time doing is extremely crucial in all of our lives. Some days, time flies; other days, it crawls. But without a shadow of a doubt, it never stops.
As I’m sure you have seen in your own life, time passes differently depending on what you’re doing. If you’re waiting for that awesome package to arrive in the mail, the delivery truck cannot arrive quickly enough. If you’re out having coffee with a dear friend, the hours are gone before you realize it, the whole outing feeling as if you’ve just arrived at the café.
And then there are days when everything is so normal, so absolutely ordinary that time seems to go at the pace it does when nothing exciting or troubling is occurring: it just is.
When I identify the biggest time-waster in my life – the things or activities I dedicate too much of my time to – I’m able to lay it all on one thing: electronics.
You’d think that being so productive would not fly by so quickly. When I finish writing a killer blog post over watching funny videos on YouTube, shouldn’t the time that passes for those activities feel different? Shouldn’t it depend solely upon the activity we’re partaking in? I’d think so.
But it doesn’t.
I have been doing a lot of thinking about how time passes when I’m on my phone, working on my laptop, watching a movie, or playing a video game. I’ve realized that I lose so much precious time when I do these things without limiting myself. When I allow my creativity to run wild, or I’ve had a stressful day and I decide to watch some videos, I’m allowing myself to get sucked into probably the biggest time-waster there is.
Screens steal so much more time than what they are worth – which is why we need to be careful.
Recently, I was horrified by the fact that fifteen minutes spent reading a book felt like an hour, while scrolling down my phone for an hour felt like fifteen minutes.
Isn’t that crazy?
Time is precious – it truly is. There are so many more beautiful things that we can dedicate our time to over our electronic devices. They are extremely useful, helpful, and needed in many circumstances, but as I have increasingly seen in my own life, there is so much joy to be found in putting my phone aside and simply living in the present. Whether I’m with my family, reading a book, or listening to an old favorite music CD, there is greater happiness to be found in spending time participating in quality activities. Instead of passing the time, let’s live in this time.
Make each moment count. Make the effort to be able to look back on yesterday, even the week before and be able to see all of the little, real life things you accomplished. More than anything else, I’m praying that we would strive to truly live out our lives and not just make it through each day. May we be thankful for the past, eagerly anticipate the future, and still be aware of the fact that the present is where we are to live.
I truly hope you have a beautiful day!