Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.Abraham Lincoln
Simplify your life by making the best use of your time. You can accomplish this by becoming more organized, procrastinating less, or planning ahead. But there’s another way to make the most of your time that has nothing to do with becoming more efficient. It has to do with slowing down the pace of your life.
Imagine two people who have each won a yearlong true around the world. One of them decides to cram in as many cities as possible. He spends the night in 365 different locations, flying out each morning to a new locale. The second chooses the top twelve countries she’s always wanted to visit. She spends a month exploring each country by car, train, and ferry, choosing to spend more or less time at each location according to her interests. Which person do you feel has made the most of his or her time?
The answer is not black-and-white. However, chances are that the woman with the slower itinerary will remember more about individual destinations, will have started relationships along the way, and will return more physically and mentally refreshed that the fellow on the whirlwind tour.
When Jesus promised you and abundant life, he meant that each day of your life would be filled more completely with what mattered – love, joy, and peace. When life speeds up, and every moment is filled with tasks demanding to be accomplished before bedtime, it is easy to miss what God has set aside for you to enjoy along the way.
Each new day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Slowing down to savor the little things – a blazing sunset, a chance meeting with a friend, a kiss on the check from someone you love – will help you make every moment count toward a more abundant life.
One Final Thought
The abundant life and the simple life are synonymous when each moment is filled with only God’s best.
The Value of Life lies not in the length of days but in the use you make of them.Michel de Montaigne
The Holy Bible, The New King James Version
Renewing Minds Press – Living Simply – Enjoying the Peace of God