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It’s About Time
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Almost everyone I know complains about not having enough time. We’re all busy and wish for more hours in our days. Yet there are experiences in life for which we need to make time, and not just yearn for the extra time. And the only way to do that is to plan for it.

We need to invent time if necessary and forget the unimportant time that we fritter away. If we invent time for doing those special things, we will.

But how do we invent time? It’s simply a mental commitment to do something that we think we don’t have time to do.

First of all, start with your calendar, write it down to tell yourself that you’ll do whatever it is, make it happen, make it a priority. Be good to you—and to whoever might be a part of this planned time. Then, tell someone else that you’ve made this plan. It’s sort of like going on a diet, you’re more likely to stick to it if others know it’s a goal you’ve set.

Perhaps, it something very simple such as what my husband and I are involved in currently doing. We moved recently—and we made a commitment to spend a couple of hours each week visiting neighbors, to get acquainted. We figure that the world won’t stop by giving at least two hours of our week to this endeavor.


We knew when we moved to this tucked-away neighborhood that most of our neighbors would be elderly. Since we are, too, we’re finding that we have many things in common, most of which is the era we grew up in. With my interviewing skills and my husband’s jovial personality, we’re finding delight in discovering these new neighbors.

You may be fussing about needing time to do something as mundane as cleaning closets (yet isn’t it rewarding when it’s accomplished?)—or something as exciting as joining up with an archeology dig. The latter isn’t always done in some far off land. Whatever we want to do, need to do, must do, does take time-invention to get it done; whatever the “it” is in your life.

Even Scripture informs us about time, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven...” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). In this Time for Everything chapter in Ecclesiastes, it also speaks of everything being beautiful in its time.

Perhaps this activity my husband and I are doing may seem extremely simple; however each visit brings us into harmonious relationships with others, enlarging our friendship coffer. We consider it as something beautiful. And you know the old saying about, “Time flies, when you’re having fun!”

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