Twenty-Four Hours

Twenty-Four Hours

Women of all ages volunteering

“For there is a time…for every purpose and for every work.”—ECCLESIASTES 3:17 NKJV

Time can be odd. Every person has the same twenty-four hours in a day and seven days in a week—but time looks very different to different people. For caregivers, time is often like a runaway train. For the people we serve, time can be a caboose on a siding, waiting for a locomotive to come along.

Whatever our perspective, there are others who don’t experience time the way we do. Whether an hour drags or flies for us doesn’t really matter. What is important is how we spend that time. Do we glorify God with it?

Caregivers are busy and feel a great pressure to make the most of every minute. But understanding what God sees as the most important will help our days run more smoothly. Maybe we should make time to play a game with our loved ones, rub their back or shoulders, or share a book with them. These are the things that have lasting value.

The laundry, groceries, and dusting will still be there tomorrow. But the way we invest our time in others is of the greatest concern to God.

Today's Prayer:

Lord God, help me use the time available today to serve Your agenda, not mine, to minister love and peace to the one in my care.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts