Daily Archives: January 1, 2014
I still marvel at the well-oiled machine to fulfill the mandate of the U.S. Decennial Census to count the American people every 10 years. It revs up and increases its intensity as it nears the official Census Day. There are unmovable deadlines and myriad activities to do to ensure everyone in America and its properties are counted by April 1. I was privileged to be a part of this amazing machine during the 2010 Census.
We had no choice but to meet each deadline because they were not moving. Time waited for no one. We unequivocally knew that when December hit, everything had to be submitted to President Barack Obama. Everyone feverishly scurried around using every talent and ability they had to make things happen before that fateful date. Before one Census ends, the government is already revving up for the next one.
It reminds me of a new year. As we approach the finality of one year we arbitrarily place deadlines on ourselves and develop a list of resolutions and goals we plan to attain in the ensuing year. Just like we were in a countdown for the Census, each of us experience a countdown to accomplish all God has placed inside of us.
For instance, if you envision how much time you actually have from the first day of the year to the last, you would probably do more with your gift of time. Every year each of us is given a gift of 365 days, 366 for leap year, to use prudently, wisely and at our own discretion. Now when you realize these 365 days translates into 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31,536,000 seconds that makes you realize what an awesome gift we have been given. Wow! How priceless!
I realize why God tells us to number our days so we can apply our hearts to wisdom because each of us have been given a finite amount of time duirng our lifetime and we are to maximize each moment to its fullest. Every year He bestows upon us the opportunity to fulfill our purpose while making a difference in someone else’s life. Just like with the Census, the time is going to pass and December no longer will loom in the horizon but it will be upon you.
The question looms, “What are you going to do with such an awesome gift?”
This marks the first day of the year. You have a huge blank canvass of seconds, minutes, hours and days before you with one opportunity after another to succeed.
Do you sit aimlessly day in and day out revisiting those goals that you never seem to accomplish? Or, do you put forth a concerted effort to maximize your gift by doing something every day to ensure that when December hits you have done all you could to fulfill your desires and dreams and in the process helped someone else do the same.
Most people adopt a mantra to keep them focused. Mine is “I’m A Mean Machine in 2014”.These catch phrases are to propel you to do all you promised. Yes, they are nice, but if you don’t maximize your efforts to making them a reality that is all they are — catch phrases. It begins with planning and preparation, moves into starting, and on to doing and culminates with a big finish.
The beauty of this gift is that no one can take it from you. Oh, but yes, you can squander it away. Whether you use the time or not it will be gone forever. The choice is yours.
When my nephew was critically ill his wife’s co-workers gave their personal sick time so she would be able to be with him. That is not the case when it comes to actual time. It cannot be re-gifted and no one else can give you some of their time to replace your time. Once it is gone it is gone.
The time is going to pass regardless. Now, what you do and how you use it becomes paramount. It is up to you because the countdown has already begun. Day one…day two…day three…
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So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalms 90:12 (KJV)
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Eccl 9:11 (KJV)
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.Eph 5:15-17 (KJV)
Father, You have given me such an awesome gift that keeps giving second by second, moment by moment, day by day and year by year. Bless me not to squander such a precious priceless gift, but to use it all for Your glory. Teach me how to use it wisely as I make a difference not only in my life but others as well. Each day, show me how to manage my time as I fulfill all the dreams and desires You have placed inside of me in making this a better place to live, work, play and worship not just for this year but for years to come. Amen.