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The Gift of Time!

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Ecclesiastes 3: 6     a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; [1]

The other day, a person told me they had received one of the best gifts of all, the “Gift of Time.”  At first, I was a little stunned because in the previous breath, they told me that they had just been released from their employment.  While I felt sorry for the individual, they made me feel better when they said they had received such a remarkable gift of time – time to think, time to refresh, time to renew, time to reinvigorate their spirit.

          In the 3rd chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes, there is a verse that says, “A time to seek and a time to lose…”(vs.6).  As I think of that verse, I am reminded by the Wisdom Writer that not every day will be a pleasant day, not every experience will be joyful, not every moment will be sweet.  So, we live our lives in the faith that God is faithful, and will walk with us through every occasion of life.  When the bottom falls out of your life, I hope you will remember the words of my member and thank God for the “Gift of Time!”

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What advice would you give to a person who has lost their employment?
  2. How do you maintain hope and presence of mind in times of loss?

 

Prayer:  Lord, grant me a positive spirit.  Help me to see opportunity, even in the middle of loss and tragedy.  Lord, I pray for the gift of time.  Show me how to retreat, refresh and renew my spirit.  Teach me to project and see beyond the present storm.  Grant me your peace.  Grant me your joy.  Grant me your love.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Video by Stephen F. Hood

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ec 3:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Whatever Your Task, Put Yourselves Into It!

Whatever Your Task, Put Yourselves Into It! –

 

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Youth Preparing to Race at the Plymouth United Church of Christ Summer Camp in Oskoda, Michigan

 

Time is an equalizer.  The rich and the poor have one thing in common-24 hours in each day.  What you do with your time is up to you.  Some will put themselves with both feet for several minutes or hours each day.  Others will waste time as though it will always be there.  As the years pass, my sense of time has intensified.  I want to do my best, think my best and live my best each moment of each day.  Which one of us knows when the good Lord will call us home to glory?  My attitude is to live each day as though it is my last day.  The scripture I have chosen for today is one where the Apostle Paul challenges the Colossians to make the most of each task as a tribute and honor to God and not for the approval of earthly masters.  As I read this passage I think of the good news it must have provided slaves and others who felt beholden to rulers and people of authority.  Paul is telling us to be “All in” on whatever we do.  Whatever you do, put yourself “All in” to the tasks before you.

Colossians 3: 23 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, 24 since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ[1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it take to “Put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord”?
  2. What good news does this passage provide to slaves in the context of their masters?
  3. How would you incorporate this passage of scripture in encouraging others to be more energetic and enthusiastic in approaching their tasks?

 

Prayer:

Lord, grant me the energy to put myself totally into everything that I do.  Grant me enthusiasm, excitement and intensity as I approach the tasks of the day.  Lord, bless me with a dynamic sense of the moment, and the special nature and quality of every human being that I encounter.  Make me unafraid to try new things and meet new people.  Make me a better witness for you: that I might be bold in telling the world of your goodness, mercy and love.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations written and taken by Rev. Hood at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Col 3:23–24). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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