Love = Time

What makes you feel loved? Does receiving a gift or help make you feel loved? How about hugs and kisses? Maybe you feel loved when someone tells you you look nice or that you did a great job on a project.

For me, the thing that makes me feel most loved is uninterruptable time and undivided attention.

Time is a priceless irreplaceable commodity. To give someone our time and full attention is to say, “You are valuable to me.”

In this busy, overly stimulated, entertainment addicted world, giving others time and attention is an extream rarity. That is why it’s such an amazing way to express our love for one another. Because it actually takes effort.

What might giving someone our time and attention look like?

It may look like actually looking at the person while they are speaking to us instead of a phone or a laptop. Or maybe it looks like turning off the television and actually having a meaningful conversation with someone.

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Likewise, we can express our love for God by giving Him uninterruptable time and undivided attention. We can turn off our phones, computers, and televisions and talk to Him and listen to Him through His Word and His Spirit.

We will never be able to repay God for all He’s done for us but we can show Him that we love Him and that we are thankful by spending quality time with Him.

King David knew how to express his love for God.

Psalms 63:1,6,8 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

We could all learn a thing or two about showing others and God how much we love them.

How about you? How do you express your love for others? Do you give them your uninterruptable time? Do you give them your undivided attention?

Do you make time to spend with God? Do you turn your electronic devices off and just focus on the One who loves you so much that He gave His one and only Son to be sacrificed for your sins so He could be in a relationship with you and spend eternity with you?

Don’t waste your irreplaceable commodity -time- on things that aren’t worth it. Spend it on the ones you love and the One that loves you unconditionally, perfectly, and completely.

Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.”

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Are People Like Pancakes?

On a recent Saturday morning, as I stood at the stove making my husband pancakes, a conversation about the appearance of my pancakes arose. I was commenting on how sloppy my pancakes looked. I was making a mess of them. My husband said, “That’s ok! It’s not about how they look, it’s about how they taste and they taste amazing!”

My immediate thought was, “If only we viewed people in the same way we view pancakes. If only we would give people a chance before judging them by their appearance.”

None of us are perfect. We all have things that have happened to us in our life that have left us and our lives looking like a mess. Life has left all of us with scars and brokenness. Some of us are just better at hiding it or masking it than others.

When Jesus was on the earth, He was drawn to the scarred and the broken. He was criticized for hanging out with sinners; those that may be considered by some to be lowlife today.

Luke 5:31-32 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

I don’t know about you but I am so grateful that Jesus came to call us to repentance. Because I was the sick sinner in need of repentance. I was the broken mess. I am the one with many life scars. I have been the one on the other side of judgment and criticism.

What if God would have looked down at us and said, “They are not worthy of my Son. My Son is too good for them. I don’t want my Son around those sinners. They don’t act right, they don’t look right and they don’t smell right. They are too trashy!”

Where would we be? What hope would we have?

Thankfully God doesn’t see us as worthless or trashy. In fact, He sees us in a completely opposite way.

To God we are amazing! We are created in His image.

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

Psalm 139:13-14 For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

God thinks we are so valuable that He gave His one and only sinless Son to die for our sins so that we can be in a relationship with Him and live with Him for eternity (John 3:16).

What if we were to see and think about others the way God sees and thinks about us? What if we were to look past the mess, scars, and brokenness to see the value in people? What if we were to look at everyone and see a creation made in the image of the Creator?

How would our world be different? How would we be different? How would we make a difference in someone else’s life?

Let’s go out into the world today and treat people as valuable as God says they are. Let’s stop judging them by their appearance and instead see them as God sees them. Let’s look at people the way my husband looks at pancakes; no matter how they look on the outside, they are still amazing!

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time

As one year comes to an end and another year begins, I find myself reflecting. I think most of us do that this time of year.

Some of us ask ourselves, “What did I do right last year or what could I have done different or better?” Isn’t that the question that results in New Year’s resolutions?

As I ask myself this timely question, one word continues to pop up-TIME.

How did I spend my time last year? “How did I spend my time?” As if time were like money.

Did I spend my time wisely or thoughtlessly? Did I make good investments or bad ones? Did I guard my time or allow it to be stolen?

When we spend money on something, we expect to get something in return. Right? We look at it as a form of investment. When we invest our money we expect a yield or reward.

The more money we spend on a product, the better we think it should be. Most of us are not willing to spend good money on something that we know is going to be a bad investment or a wasted investment.

And we don’t just throw money away as if it were of no value. No! We protect it! We put our money in a bank or a safe where it won’t be stolen. Our money is important to us. We want to take care of it. We guard it! After all, God wants us to be good stewards over all that He gives us.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Isn’t time more valuable than money? When we spend money, make a bad investment and lose it or if our money is stolen from us, we can potentially earn more. But we can never earn more time. Once it’s gone it’s gone. We can’t get it back! We could quite literally say that time is priceless.

During my reflection of the past year, as I sat contemplating the pricelessness of time, I realized I had treated time improperly. I had not treated it as valuable and irreplaceable.

I saw missed time investment opportunities. I saw time wasted. I saw time unguarded. Extensive time spent on social media could have been more time spent in prayer, bible study, or exercise. I definitely need better time management skills going into the new year.

How did you spend your time last year? What changes will you make this year?

Will you spend more time praying and less time gossiping? Will you invest more time in your health and less time on the couch in front of the television or computer? More time being thankful and less time complaining?

More time with family and friends that love and care about you and less time with people that drag you down? More time helping others and less time feeling sorry for yourself? More time noticing the hurting people around you and less time looking down at your phone?

Time spent making precious memories with family and friends is never wasted time. Helping someone in need, mentoring someone, or encouraging someone is always a good investment. Time spent on our spiritual growth or praying for others is priceless. Time put into increasing our knowledge, skills, or improving our health is always valuable.

Focusing on wasted time, ill-spent time, or stolen time could get depressing. What’s past is past!

Let’s learn from our time management mistakes and consider ways we can better invest our time this new year. Let’s move forward with a new attitude about our precious, valuable time.

We all get 24 hours in a day but it’s up to us how we spend it. Ecclesiastes 3:2 tells us that there’s a time to live and a time to die.

We never know when our time on earth will run out. Let’s spend, invest, and guard our invaluable, irreplaceable time wisely!

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All are Valuable and All have Purpose

Recently on my morning walk, I was thinking about the 40 Days For Life Campaign that is taking place all over the country. I thought about what this world might look like if everyone valued ALL life of ALL ages.

What would the repercussions of a world that saw every person as significant and as having a purpose be? What if we took Matthew 7:12 seriously and did to others what we would have them do to us?

Would the murder rate go down? Would the rate of kindness go up? Would respect increase? Would there be less lonely people in nursing homes? Instead of hurting one another would we be helping one another and encouraging one another? Would there be more mercy and more generosity going around?

All are valuable!

Luke 12:24 Consider the raven: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

All have a purpose!

Romans 9:21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purpose and some for common use?

What if we not only saw other people as valuable and having a purpose but we also saw ourselves as valuable and having a purpose?

Would we talk differently? Would we dress differently? Would we behave differently? Would we be more careful about what we put into our bodies? Would the suicide rate go down? Would we be determined to find out what our purpose is and persevere to fulfill it?

Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

What if today, every parent and every teacher taught every child that they are valuable and that they are here for a purpose?

Would there be less bullying? Would there be less lonely children on the playground? Would their grades go up and their bad behavior decrease? What would the next generation look like? What greatness would transpire?

It has to start with you. It has to start with me. Let’s treat all people the way we would like to be treated. Let’s not only tell people they are valuable but let’s show them they are valuable.

Let’s stop blaming and pointing fingers for how we feel about ourselves and take responsibility for knowing our own value and purpose. Let’s make today one of the most important days of our lives and find out what our purpose is and start walking in it.

~Patrice Maguire