A Time of Meditating
Have you been meditating on how you spent your time this year? We are in that strange period, the one between the Christmas celebrations and the approaching New Year in which we seem to lose time. The weekly schedule is thrown off and many people are working odd hours marking the time until the next holiday. Because of the celebrations, regular activities are halted, services are erratic, and it is often difficult to determine what is open and what is not. When or will the trash be collected this week? Should we store the Christmas decorations now or wait until after the 12th day of Christmas? And before we know it the week has ended, the celebrations are over, and we mourn the return of the regular schedule. And whether we spent any hours meditating on our time use or not, life moves forward.
This year is so close to being over we can see the hours until the countdown. The past is just that and it is time to move forward, whatever that may be. During this transition period reflecting on how we will spend our hours is life productive. There are new things on the horizon and clearly, God is working in our midst. The world around us has formed new communities and even in isolation, we have learned to connect and reconnect to people. But now a new year approaches and meditating on the old might just be needed. Taking the opportunity to see how we did more than just endure life but were transformed through the year is beneficial. This type of mediation allows us to see the importance of time and plants a seed of hope as we look forward to the promises of God, new communities, and blessings.
As we find ourselves meditating on the year perhaps, we should look to the inevitable, memento mori. This Latin phrase translates to “remember you must die.” Many people avoid looking at death. But as pastor Rick Warren says, “The most recent statistics show that mortality rates in the world remain 100 percent!” It might sound depressing or even an awful idea to think about our mortality. But what if instead of avoiding or ignoring the topic we instead embraced the truth? What if because we chose to meditate on that fact, it became the key to prompt us to live our life to the fullest? Maybe by accepting the past and the future we realize that this is the key to freedom. As the philosopher, Montaigne, said, “To practice death is the practice of freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.”
Meditating on our mortality is only depressing if we don’t know where we are going and how to utilize the time we currently hold. When we treat our time as a gift and refuse to waste it on unimportant things, we gain perspective and urgency in life. Our mortality does not make life pointless if we hold a relationship with Christ. For with this, death holds purpose as does the life we lead up to it. When we allow ourselves to reflect upon our mortality it gives us the prompting that helps us live life to the fullest.
Meditation Begins with Praise
Our meditation should begin by rejoicing in the fellowship we hold with one another as we live a life of watching consistently what God is doing all around us. It is in this place that we can shout our praise and sing worship of the Lord most High. Allowing our hearts to be glad as we live a life of celebration. For in Christ, we have all the benefits of knowing God and this is worthy of our praise and adoration. We are chosen for salvation, hold adoption as His children, have forgiveness, the gifts of the spirit, the power to do God’s will, and the hope of living forever with Christ. Through death, we gain tremendous blessings and promises, but we gain them in our current life too. Therefore, we can have an intimate relationship with Christ and enjoy these blessings in our life right now.
When we allow ourselves to meditate on death it prompts us to make the most of our time. We should live life today as if it were our last. Embracing each moment as the preciousness it deserves as we live for eternity. Time is the most valuable resource we own. We can’t make, earn, save, borrow, lend, or extend it. It is given to everyone. We receive 168 hours a week. Our life is about time, how we spend it, and what we do with it. When we allow Satan to steal it by keeping us busy doing unimportant things, we miss great opportunities such as preparing for eternity. Let us make good use of our time by praising the one who gifted us with it.
Making the Most of Today
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.Ephesians 1:3 (NLT)
The blessings of God are eternal and not temporal as they come from the spiritual realm of Christ and not the realms of earth. Therefore, we must live our lives today for tomorrow’s eternity. By making the most of today and of our time, we apply everything we do to the eternal and we live a life of freedom. God invites each of us to explore the blessings placed within us allowing us to celebrate that God is both at work in and around us. This prompts us to live for the praise of God.
Through meditating and reflecting on death and thus life eternal we realize that we are blessed. And through this, we see we are blessed to thank the source of all blessings. The apostle Paul tells us that the gift we receive from Christ, the gift of new life, is so that we might live a life for the praise of God’s glory. This is true worship, and this is how we make our life on earth count. By making praise central to our life, we realize it is both the beginning and the end. Our hearts reveal that we are called to worship and through living a life of praise we make the most of our time.
31, 536,000 Seconds
Won’t you be challenged to consider meditating upon your mortality as the new year begins? Allow your convictions in the promises and blessings of God to prompt your unending praise living your life to the fullest in the time allotted to you. Find your motivation in knowing that a life of freedom is yours as you embrace both death and life. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that you can make the most of the time given to you by returning praise to the Father no matter what circumstances you may face.
You have before you the potential of 365 days, 8760 hours, 525, 600 minutes, and 31,536,000 seconds. How are you going to use your given time?
Happy New Year!
Love in Christ,
Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.Seneca
What are your thoughts?
Has this week found you meditating on your mortality and the changes you might consider as the new year approaches? How much of the time gifted to you do you spend in praise? Are you living your life today for the eternal? Share your thoughts on death and life along with the blessings and promises offered by God through time.