I always talk with my girls, who are 13 and 15, about wisdom. I try to teach them about using wisdom on the internet, when dealing with friends or family, and just plain common sense. I’ve learned that as I go through this walk with Jesus Christ, wisdom is vital to keeping our hearts and minds on guard against the tricks and schemes of the enemy of our souls. I want nothing more than for my children to grow into a deeper relationship with God and to be dependent on His sustaining power for life. Therefore, I try to find a valuable lesson in pretty much anything that will help them to see that what mom and dad talk about isn’t just talk but life. Many times in those moments, I learn a thing or two as well.
So today, while homeschooling, my girls and I started a lesson on wasting time. I asked many questions and received their best answers. This lesson caused them to think deeper and called for me to do a thorough self-examination. Many times, we as mothers (or fathers) desire for our children to learn the things that we already know but sometimes we don’t evaluate ourselves to make sure we’re actually practicing what we teach. As one who desires to please God in all I do, I try to live my life with a magnifying glass pointed on my heart. I don’t want to be one of those whom Christ calls a hypocrite. I don’t want to teach my girls the way and detour from the road myself.
Therefore, I began to think about my daily activities. Was I wasting time? Was I spending too much time on Facebook? Was I reading more nonsense articles and disturbing news than inspirational or educational materials? How much quality time was I really spending watching TV rather than reading the Word? These were all questions that came up in our lesson and I had to be honest with myself. I had to let the Son shine through the magnifying glass on my heart and I had to admit that I was slacking in a few areas. I was reading a little too much news and watching a little too much TV. I was spending more time than needed to scroll through my news feed. There were priorities that the Light revealed that needed to be rearranged. I had to admit that I was wasting time.
One of the scriptures in our lesson was Psalm 90:12, which says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (NIV). When I read this verse, it helped me to realize that when I spent extra time doing those meaningless things, that my time was not spent wisely. Actually, I already knew that but I wanted more time to rest or more time to procrastinate from the things that truly needed to be done. So, in the midst of our lesson, this verse brought everything home for me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying these activities are bad but they can suck you into a hole of nothingness and laziness if you’re not careful with the time spent doing them.
The grace and mercy that God bestows upon us each and every day is truly a gift. How would my Jesus feel if my time ended on this earth and all I have to show Him for it was a new status update or the breaking news of the day? I’m sure He would be hurt just as much as I would be embarrassed. James 4:14 says, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” (NLT) This question caused me to take more notice of those times when I want to do a little more resting, a little more scrolling, or a little more procrastinating. I’ve decided to gain a heart of wisdom by numbering my days and not taking for granted the time that the Lord has allotted to me. What areas in your life have you taken a little too much time when it wasn’t really necessary?
Veronica Scurry is a Prophetess, Worship Leader, and Women’s Ministry Coordinator. She has served in ministry for 14 years. As a speaker, Veronica is a woman who delivers the word of God with transparency, personal conviction, passion, and authority. She has a strong desire to see everyone walk in the ways of Christ, not only with their mouth but with their heart. Therefore, she prays that her ministry not only reaches the ears of those listening but that it penetrates their hearts to bring about true repentance and freedom through a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Veronica lives in Sanford, Florida with her husband and two daughters. She is a full-time homeschool mom and entrepreneur. Her passions are spending time with family, singing, learning to DIY, and cake decorating. You can reach Veronica via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.