I think it is important to realize that time is limited. We have a gift each day, an opportunity to make full something that is easily made empty with vain pursuits and distractions. At least in our era, we think we must pack the most we can into our schedules in order to really squeeze the best out of the time we are given. We fill our lives full of tasks and to-dos and stress and worries, taking on burdens that really don’t give a lot back in the way of fullness. Some do. A lot of others don’t.
Of course we have work to do. Everyone has responsibilities to tend. But making the most of our time doesn’t necessarily equate to crossing the most tasks off of a list, however satisfying that can be. Sometimes soaking in the minutes and moments and the people around us, taking notice of what is in front of us and whispering thanks for the breath in our lungs, is all we need to do. We are at risk of missing much of what is important if we are moving to fast, constantly in motion, constantly striving.
It is important to accept reality of where we are right now, in this moment, and what we need to do to steward well what has been put in front of us, challenges and blessings alike. To champion our spouses where they are and love them better all the time, learning to give more of ourselves instead of withholding. To love our children for who they are, not who we want them to be. Embracing them in that place of tension…cultivating love that guides toward truth and wholeness, but does not wound with criticism and thoughtless words. To accept ourselves, at the size we are, in the season we are in, at the place we stand, and learn that we are valuable regardless of what we tangibly have to show for our days.
We have today to sow grace. Respect. Recognize the value of people (ourselves included) and nurture hearts and souls with kind words, helping hands…things that seem like they should be easy, but don’t always make the list of the day’s to-do’s. Life is beautiful and fragile, not guaranteed for a specific amount of time. That is why we must live in it…in the present, seeing that what we do with our time in the quiet, in-between moments is some of the most important work we can ever do in our lives.