Happy Monday y’all!
So… I love the show “So You Think You can Dance” and have been watching it since its inception. There was one piece that aired many years ago in 2009, where two competitors, Neil and Lacey danced to a Mia Michael’s piece called “Time” which featured a song also called Time by Billy Porter. This piece is about reunion. Mia based this piece on a hoped for reunion with her dad who had passed away from lung cancer, in heaven. The general theme of this performance is time, and every time I watch this piece being performed, I cry…here just check it out for yourself down below:
As my birthday was approaching and friends began to ask me, “Soph, what do you want for your birthday?” I began to really think… “What do I want? ” Don’t get me wrong, I love a good gift 😛 , but God has blessed me with the means to provide things I want for myself. What’s the one thing somebody can give me that I can’t give myself…. their time!
As you get older, you begin to really understand the gift of time. As you see your parents entering, for lack of a better term, the winter of their lives, you really begin to cherish time because time is truly precious. Tomorrow, nor a minute or a second of this life is promised. So while we are here it is our responsibility to use our time wisely.
While I was thinking about time, the passage in the bible found in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 spoke to me, and it reads:
A Time for Everything
3 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
Let’s break down some of the verses that really stuck out to me and how I am relating them to myself in this moment.
1 For everything there is a season a time for every activity under heaven.
- Don’t worry about the fact that you haven’t achieved everything that you want yet. God’s timing is perfect. Everything will happen when it’s supposed to .
2 A time to be born and a time to die , A time to plant and a time to harvest.
- Your days are nor promised. Each day is a gift from God and you should treat it as such, so that when the time comes for you to leave this earth, you can feel secure in where your final resting place will be. While you are here be sure to plant good seeds so that your harvest will reap good crops, or in lamens terms, do good, reap good!
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh A time to grieve and a time to dance.
- The time we are given was never promised to be a bed of roses all the time. Life will throw you some curve balls sometimes that will shake you to the core. But there will be a time again when the storm will pass and things will be good again. So shake yourself off and smile again! Turn your mourning into dancing! ( Psalms 30:11)
7 A time to tear and a time to mend, A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
- The latter part of this scripture was what really spoke to me. A time to be quiet and a time to speak…. I think this is the lesson I’m still learning as we speak. I’m super hot headed and have a tendency to just say whatever is on my mind without a filter. But God is showing me that sometimes you have to be quiet. You don’t have to fight every battle, when the commander in chief (Jesus) is on your side!
One thing I’ve learned in three short decades of life, is that time waits for nobody. Take advantage of your time! Here’s a list of some things to do with time!
- Respect Time: Life is a gift! Treat it with the utmost respect.
- Take your time! Life is not a race!
- Cherish time: Life is not promised, live the life that you were called to!
- Love Time: Love the fact that you were given another day on this earth. Give thanks for your blessings! Use your time to love others a little harder.. even when they don’t respect or receive it!
- Use Time wisely: Spend your time doing meaningful things. Spend time seeking out and cultivating relationships that will uplift you. Most importantly spend time seeking out a relationship with Christ! ( Trust me it was the best thing I ever did)
I’ve truly learned to respect time more and more. I have friends battling cancer who are physically aware that their time may be limited. From that I take not to let the pettiness and trials of life rob me of my precious time! My time is God’s time so I need to treat it as the gift it is!
Give somebody the gift of time this week! A simple phone call, a short visit, anything! Time is the best gift we will ever get!
Have a blessed week!