Time well spent is a treasured heirloom never to be broken, stolen or lost. Time let lie and slip away is treasure never sought, never found; a day of what could have been but never will be.
Swimming takes more effort than simply treading water...but in the end you reach the shore line destination and find rest. Treading water may at first seem effortless but slowly one begins to tire, muscles cramp up and the sea floor is the only place left to sink to.
I am ever changing and never satisfied completely with myself. Some might say this state is exhausting, unhealthy, chaotic and even medicine worthy to cure. I disagree! If I were completely happy with who I am I will be conceited, that I have arrived to my fullest potential. What use could I be to the world then? Why would I even still be around? I should be happy with me as in who God is making me in to being. I should be patient with the process that He is using to chip away the muck and mire to let out who I am suppose to be. With Christ as my center it is even possible to be content to just be who I am right now, knowing God is in control, not I, and that He is not finished with me yet.
How does the subject above correlate with the one prior? If I stop trying to improve, if I suddenly am satisfied with what I have, who I am and life in general... I then would be treading water. letting time slip away that is precious and meant to be lived and experienced. If I simply decide to in my faith, in my knowledge, in my services rendered, to be done and just stand still, my inner being would be at stake. The 'who I am meant to be in Christ', my sanctification process to make me who I am in Him, would be in question and perhaps even, heaven forbid, lost. I would be like a large stone, not yet a statue that doesn't fit through heavens door way because the stone did not continue to surrender itself to the Master carver. Because the stone decided time was too precious to let Him have any more of it. Thus time began to slip away and not matter any more and laid to ruin and waist. Depressing to think about? Of course! But Not something to be pondered and worried over. Something rather to acknowledge and decide to keep swimming, keep pressing on toward the goal which is set before us. Keep loving the unlovable, keep doing the impossible, and keep getting through the toughest, stickiest, most frustrating, and irritating of circumstances. How? By leaning on Jesus; By choosing to trust whom I can not always see or even hear. By knowing, believing with all my heart, that though I can't he can! Nothing is impossible with Christ Jesus. He has began a good work in me and you and He is faithful to bring his work to completion. All we have to do is trust and allow him to do the work in and through us making us shine like diamonds in the sky.
Time is not meant to be a capsule or an hour glass of sand slipping away. Time is a gift, each day a beautified box for us to unwrap and discover the treasure with in. There is value in everyday if we would challenge our selves to look a bit deeper, and sometimes open our eyes to who is standing right in front of us with out stretched arms. Hug more, love unconditionally, forgive everything often including yourself, Give God something to work with everyday...You:)
Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.