Monthly Reflection – October 2014
I hope this month’s reflection finds you well!
Did you remember to put your clocks back?
‘Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.’
Ephesians 5: 15-17.
Every October there are comes a time in the UK when time goes backwards for 60 minutes in the blink of an eye. Yes that’s right it is that time again- the end of British Summer time and the return to G.M.T. The evenings become instantly darker overnight and daylight is in short supply. For many it marks the beginning of the countdown to Christmas. For some who forgot it meant putting the T.V. on expecting to see Match of the day and instead getting Breakfast T.V. for others it meant arriving at church an hour early! For most people the change of time passes un-noticed as it all happens during the dark small hours of the night only known to those of us to who work shifts, those with small children and those who just can’t sleep! For those working over the night shifts it does mean working an extra hour on an already tiring shift!! I am glad to say that due to annual leave I have missed that particular joy this year! The change of the clocks for most people is heralded as an ‘extra hour in bed’- In some ways it is seen as a treat or a bonus to have an extra hour of slumber!
I have often wondered however how we would use that extra hour if the clocks going back was suddenly changed to the afternoon of a day of the week. What would most of us do if on Wednesday at 1400 hours the clocks went back an hour so we got a bonus hour in which you could do anything you wanted? Would you use your hour for a nap- to get the extra hour in bed that you do now? Or would you look to do something a bit more constructive- An hour in the gym, reading for an hour, playing with your children, or something not so constructive like catching up on your favourite TV shows or playing Angry Birds?
We see in the scripture above that we should make the best use of the time that we have! I know that I do not always make the best use of my time- In our lives a Christians we are all called to glorify Jesus Christ and to fulfil the great commission- ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’
So when is the time to think about God or do his work? Sunday morning? On a Monday night at a prayer meeting? At home or House group? Ecclesiastes 3:1 says- ‘There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.’
The time to share the Christian message is anytime, anyplace anywhere; the time to call that old friend or smile and say hello to someone is anytime! There are times in our day when we have that extra few moments or hours to spare- I for one will be trying my best to use those extra moments to reflect and pray for the situations around me, for those who the Lord brings to my mind or to speak with friends and family- You never know how important that prayer could be for someone or something and you never know how much a call out of the blue to someone can make their day! So this month when you have a few moments take the time to pray for someone, call or speak to someone who comes to your mind- And if the opportunity presents itself share the good news of Christ with someone- That would be a great way to spend our extra Hour!
Dear Lord, Help us to use our time wisely; help us to share the good news of your message. When we have a few moments bring people to our mind who need you and help us to pray for or support them. Help us to use our time to make people’s lives around us better!