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Being intentional with your time, all of the time, is well, a challenge. Things get in the way, something breaks, something else takes longer than expected, things are delayed, and simply, life happens.
Yet, amidst all the necessary priorities in life, there are small mirages of time that one can choose how to fill it, leverage it, and embrace it. Each minute is worth sixty seconds of potential. It is up to you to choose how you will utilize it.
All those small mirages equate to a larger ocean of opportunity, but in those small moments, they seem meaningless, useless, and wasteful. We end up being frustrated about the time loss, upset about the situation, select to watch a mindless tv program, or do some other time wasting activity.
Your life is limited. It may not seem like it to you, but as each day passes, you are one day closer to your expiration. Usually people, don’t like to focus on dying, yet in doing so, you open the veil to the true confines of your limited experience during your time on earth.
Being intentional with your time doesn’t involve being busy all the time or never stopping to rest, it means basking in those small mirages with an intentional purpose.
For instance, maybe you are cooking dinner and it is almost done. The timer is set for ten minutes, you have everything clean and ready to go, so instead of standing near the timer waiting, you sit at the computer for ten minutes, working on your manuscript. Or perhaps, you use those ten minutes to call a friend or write a card.
Using time intentionally also includes leveraging those small mirages of time to pray in the grocery store lines, sending that text of encouragement while you wait for the shower to heat up, folding towels while singing worship songs, including playtime with your dog while you make the bed.
To leverage time intentionally, it means selecting joy instead of frustration, choosing gratitude despite discomforting situations, and deciding to see time as a scarce and valued opportunity to be cherished.
Embracing the intentional in time is about being present in your life-at every moment, regardless of the importance you view on the situation. God doesn’t check out when He is tired or doesn’t feel like being present in a situation-so be present for Him. After all, He is the one that gifted you with the time. Keep the line of communication open with Him and He will guide you how to leverage each moment.