Our time, Screwtape!

In college I truly began to realize that time is a resource. A valuable one that, much like money, you spend on things. One you can waste. One you can lavish upon others – or withhold. And time is one asset Satan would like us to cling to, when we assume that just because we are living it, we think it’s ours.

Not you? Let’s check some symptoms: Have you ever

  • felt bothered when someone asked for your help?
  • felt inconvenienced when a friend needs “a moment of your time”?
  • snapped at someone when asked to do a favor, because you’re already “busy”?

We all fall prey to the assumption that time is MINE and that others STEAL it away, while they have their OWN time and should spend their own and leave me to use mine however I want.

What if… time belongs to God? What if… it’s just on loan to us. What if… we are obligated to spend it wisely, share it generously, use it purposefully?

Time is a resource, yes, but it’s not our property. God has invested it in us to see how we’ll use it, and we owe it to him and to ourselves to use it as best we can. Let that open your mind to the possibilities – for your attitudes and your actions. May you serve wholeheartedly every time anyone asks for a moment of your day, knowing you’re just giving God back a small portion of the time he lavished on you. May you look for ways to spend your time more wisely, in building God’s kingdom by loving God’s people – the ones who are found and the ones who are lost.

“Nothing throws him into a passion so easily as to find a tract of time which he reckoned on having at his own disposal unexpectedly taken from him. It is the unexpected visitor (when he looked forward to a quiet evening), or the friend’s talkative wife (turning up when he looked forward to a tête-a-tête with the friend), that throw him out of gear… They anger him because he regards his time as his own and feels that it is being stolen.”

– C.S.Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


Pictured: The Clock Tower in Prague, Czech Republic

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