The Best Valentine's Gift ~ Discipline of Time
With Valentine's Day coming up this week I have been busily making lots of treats for my kid's school parties, designing handmade Valentine cards with them for their friends, writing a Valentine craft article for the newspaper here in Lexington, Kentucky and hoping to have a few spare minutes to focus my attention on a little something for my Valentine.
I am reading a book by Elisabeth Elliott right now titled “Discipline; The Glad Surrender”. At some point along the way I must have picked it up at a rummage sale and it sat for many years on my bookshelf until recently. The chapter I am currently reading is about the discipline of time. Some of what I am reading is familiar~ learning to say no to things that crowd your schedule, Saying yes to those things God specifically asks us to do, etc...
But some of what I am reading in this chapter is so fresh and new; especially as she writes about God's timing in our lives and learning to discipline ourselves enough to wait for God's timing. She says that “there is a timing aspect to the guidance of God.” This is so true!
She also writes of this experience:
“ Flying in a small plane over Manitoba's vast farm country, one spring evening, I was fascinated by the beauty of the patterns created by the contour plowing. There were stripes in varied shades of earth and greenness, circles and swaths and curves for miles and miles on every side. But the most beautiful designs grew out of the interruptions – a tree here, a pond there, a hill, a rock, a river. The plowman had had to bend the line each time he passed one.”
As I think about my days and how I am spending my time I often get sidetracked by the interruptions. I can easily get agitated when my day's schedule gets thwarted by a broken down car, a sewing machine that doesn't want to cooperate or a canceled play date. But God knows all of these things and as long as I am letting each decision I make and each task I take on come with His blessing and His guidance, He can take any of my interruptions and make an unexpected beautiful design of my day.
The best Valentine gift you can give your spouse, your children, your family and yourself is the gift of disciplined time. Consider your schedule and eliminate those things that have no purpose or are just empty 'fillers' in your life...we all have a few. Take that freed up time and give it to God and ask Him how He would have you use it.