Food for thought…Redeeming the Time

redeeming the time

These two scriptures have weighed heavy on my heart lately:

 “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.”
-Colossians 4:5

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”- Ephesians 5:15

My biggest fear in life, well its probably actually a reality rather than a fear, is that I will get to heaven and stand before God and regret all of the opportunities that I missed, that I will weep over the time that I wasted. These scriptures ring in my ears constantly as Jesus reminds me that He is coming quickly.

Not long ago my dogs ran away, so as all of the kids were sleeping I drove my car to the end of my driveway and sat there calling for my dogs, my oldest son thought that I was leaving him so he came out screaming.  He on a daily basis reminds me of that event.  Since then, he has become fearful of me leaving even though I assure him at least 25 times a day (that is not an exaggerated number) that I will never leave him.  So when he is not in the same room as me, usually every 5-10 minutes he yells “MOMMMMMM???” I respond with “yes I am here, I’m never leaving.”

A few days ago he was upstairs in his room playing while I was making dinner.  After repeatedly answering his calls every few minutes, finally I said “WHAHAHAHAHAHAT, I’ve already told you a gazillion times that I am never leaving, so please stop calling my name over and over again”  My husband was standing there as I yelled up to my son, and he said to me “You know, right now it’s driving you nuts that he is calling your name every five minutes, but someday you’ll wish he was calling your name.” That hit my like a ton of bricks.  How true.  Before I know it he will be grown and independent and I will wish he was calling my name.

God used that little event to minister to me.  I want to take hold of every opportunity I have to spend, teach, and love my children because before I know it, they will be grown and I will wish they still woke me up in the middle of the night because they are scared of the thunder storms, I will wish that they still snuggled up next to me on the couch, I will wish that they called my name a gazillion times a day.  I don’t want to miss one single opportunity to portray the love of Jesus in their lives.  But take it to the next step further….I don’t want to miss one single opportunity to portray the love of Jesus into anyone’s life. Someday this will all be over, this world will pass away and we will have eternity ahead of us, I never want to look back and say that I wish I testified of His love on earth when I had the chance.  Your chance is today, your time is now, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.  Seize the moments that we have as mothers, wives, and believers to depict God’s love to others.

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  1. I found your post by searching “redeem the time” on Pinterest. The verses you referenced and your last sentences were truly what I needed to read right now.

    “Someday this will all be over, this world will pass away and we will have eternity ahead of us, I never want to look back and say I wish I testified of His love on earth when I had the chance. Your chance is today, your time is now, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Seize the moments that we have as mothers, wives, and believers to depict God’s love to others.”

    Thank you, Marissa! Our loving Father bless you!

    • Charisse,
      Thanks for visiting and for your comments. Sometimes we get so caught up in LIFE itself that we miss the bigger picture. We forget that we are pilgrims just passing through here. God has challenged me to make sure that my hope is in heaven and that my actions on earth reflect that. Praying that we would have an eternal mindset, always. Prayers for you Charisse, and may God bless you! Pop over any time and read our devotionals. God bless!