Time Flies When We’re Having Fun

Categories: Staff Devotions

November 29, 2015

Time Flies When We’re Having FunAaron Anderson

– Aaron Anderson (areaONE Youth)

I remember this joke as a child. Question: “You know how to make time fly?”
Answer: “Throw a clock out the window.” (I did not say it was a funny joke.) Now far removed from those childhood days, I know of another way to make time fly: Live longer.
As we celebrated Pastors Gary and Rose and their 25 years as senior pastors of Cape First, I began to think back on all the good times and some not so good times that I could remember since I have been here at Cape First. Then it struck me, where has time gone? I realized as we celebrated our pastors’ 25 years, my family was a part of nine of those years!!! Nine years!!!!!!
It seems like yesterday I packed up family and started our journey from sunny southern California to freezing, ice storm, snow blowing, trees breaking, no power for five days Cape Girardeau MO.  My family looked a lot different back then – we were one less and a lot smaller. Having three kids, the oldest being 8 and the youngest was 2.  Now we have four kids, the oldest being 17 years old,  6’3” and 265 lbs. He has always been bigger than most of the kids his age, now he is just bigger than almost everyone including me. Now the youngest is 2 (how do I live here for nine years and still have a 2-year-old?)  – don’t answer that!!!
Wow! Time has flown by. I’m sure we can all think back on all the changes we have experienced in our families and wonder how we got to this point in our lives.  All the moments in life we wanted to last forever and the moments we didn’t know how we would make it through and yet throughout the good times and bad, we are here today.
My question is what will we do with the time we have today? We are taught in the Word to be good stewards of all the things God has given us including time.

Psalm 90:12 King James Version (KJV)
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

 

James 4:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the past or the future we forget about the present.  Time seems to be moving faster and faster every day but I have learned over the years if I do certain things, I can make the most of my day.
1. Know your goals.
Make sure you are engaging in activities that support your goals.  Everything else is a potential time waster.
 2. Make a task list.
Prioritize the most urgent at the top of the list; don’t wait until the end of the day to accomplish the things you hate.  This will cause you to procrastinate. Do those things first.
 3. Plan ahead.
If you don’t plan your calendar someone else will.  At the end of the day take the last 15 minutes and create your task list for the next day making sure the things that were not accomplished today go to the top of the list for tomorrow.
 4. Eliminate self-induced distractions.
At the end of the day track where and when you were distracted and try to avoid the people or places the next day. Some of these distractions can be resolved by making sure you’re sticking to your task list.
 5. Take care of yourself.
Be sure to get plenty of sleep and exercise. (This one is more of a challenge for me.)  An alert, high functioning mind is less tolerant of time wasting activities.
We cannot change what has happened yesterday and we have very little control over what comes tomorrow. What we have is today. Today is a gift from God to be shared with all we love. Let’s enjoy it. Let’s share it. Let’s spend today making a memory that we will remember years from now when we are sitting all alone reflecting on how time has flown.
Enjoy today … because time flies, even when no one throws the clock out the window.

One Response to "Time Flies When We’re Having Fun"

  1. Jennifer Posted on November 30, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Awesome Word!