December and 2014 rushed away, hardly saying goodbye. January arrived, departing after a brief, always-in-a-hurry visit. February never seemed to take a seat; I think she kept her shoes on so she can leave on time Wednesday night.
March is waiting. Like her friends, she won’t stay very long.
But as the months and days and weeks and minutes rapidly visit and depart, what have we accomplished during their time? What words have we spoken or chosen to not say? What dangerous habits have we broken? What resolutions have we turned into habits of health? What relationships have we renewed? What painful reminders have we finally released?
Big questions. Major decisions made in brief moments of time. The answers and actions can bring long term changes.
So, as March waits, I suggest this: let us wait no longer. Let us act appropriately. Let us decide to pursue the correct goals and toss away any luggage which doesn’t belong.
Start today. As February walks away and the new month marches in, let’s take off our shoes and stay committed to our new adventures.
Along the way,
Pause: Maybe we should pause. Maybe even exit the treadmill. (Chris Maxwell: Beggars Can Be Chosen)
It’s always funny to me that everyone talks about how quickly the time goes. When you really think about it, time is time, and the year of 2015 will pass just as quickly as any year before it. Over the past several weeks I have been working on some resolutions in my own life, things I want to get better at. Reading this really bought home to me that we really don’t know how much time we have got, so I cant wait to start pursuing all that God has for me, not just part of what he has for me.
This month needs to be a month of more mentors pouring into me and having more alone time with God. The last two months has been craziness with lots of pouring out into multitudes of people. But this month, God wants me to grow more than i ever have before and i must allow Him to pour into me. I must allow Him to take my solitude times deeper and actually have men pour into my life.
Years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds. Measurements of time. The years go by quicker and quicker it seems. For me, this past month has had everything under the sun. Drama, excitement, hurt, healing, love, regret, learning, forgiveness, open wounds, strength, weakness, pain, Joy. So many things. If all of that can happen in a month because of me choosing to live life differently I can only imagine what can happen in a year. March has its own adventures and I’m choosing to take it head on. No more of this waiting to see what others do crap. Time to start deciding for Hayley. Its my time.
Time is a scary thing if we let it be, but with the help of God I have chosen not to live in fear to time. Here’s why: My “time” here at EC is coming to an end quickly, but how can I let that keep me afraid? God has shown me that seasons come and go, but He is in EVERY season. For this month, I am taking my writing/journaling more seriously than ever before. It helps me connect with God and He loves when I write to Him. I want to please the Father, so I write. “March” is not just a month, it is a command – and my pen is going to march across the lines of my journal a lot this month.
March is a new season. I believe that through each month this year, God is going to challenge me in new ways. January had its’ challenges, February had them, and now I’m ready to see what March has for me. God has called me to step out from what I’m used to and if that means leaving certain people out that are not healthy for me, then I will gladly do what he asks of me.
Time flies!!! Graduation is right around the corner, and consistency was a big enemy of mine in February. It seemed to be a downward turn after a strong January for myself. Some words and actions i definitely wish i could have taken back, and instead pointed to Christ in those moments. I fell many times, but God still remains. His grace is overflowing, and He still pursues me despite my sin. I know what He has called me to do in the closing months of my time here at Emmanuel, but i refuse to accept that calling most of the time. I want to be all in, all the time!! March will be my month of consistency and purpose, starting right now!!
It seems like the older I get the faster the day goes by. I even get up earlier then I used to just to add more hours to my day and they still fly by. I want to take advantage of the right now and not miss out on what God wants to do this month, this week, this day. Slowing down time is in my own hands. I can choose to waste it or choose to not take it for granted. Every moment matters, every second brings choices. What I do this month could change my life, even if it seems to fly by. I want to choose every day to take it second by second and slow it down. The hours aren’t what’s speeding up, instead its my own agenda and expectations that cause the minutes to flee. My intention is to slow down, breath and make this month “slower.”
Wow. Thinking about time in that way outs everything in a different perspective. These months have been ones full of learning patience and letting go of my own plans. This month ahead needs to be a continuation of that, as well as full of trust as I dive into an area of life I’m not farmiliar with.
Time is flying and I am letting my busy life go along with it. But do I have a chance? I say so, I can not stop time but I can control how fast I am running the race. I believe that often times I run as fast as I can to get everything done so I don’t stop to take a break. Since time is flying it is critically important that I take breaks and use my break time to stop and reflect on what I am doing and the reasons I am doing it. It’s time to slow down sometimes and let time go on.
I wholeheartedly welcome the rush.
Time really does fly by fast and if we let it, it will control us and how fast we do things. Sometimes we just need to forget about how fast it goes by and just take our time with things. I believe that if we just take our time doing things even if the deadline is approaching fast then we will do the best we can and still get it done on time. We might even do it better than we thought. It always seem to come out as God plans either way we do it, it just might seem like it did not go the way we wanted it to if we let time control us and do things fast to get ahead of the time of the deadline.
I am reminded of all the things I’ve planned to do these past couple months and far away I am from accomplishing them. I am reminded of the steps I wanted to take to change what I do, but never did. I am challenged to again work toward accomplishing my goals.
I woke up the other morning and couldn’t believe that it was already a new month!! It feels like time moves so quickly as we get older. March brings a month of changes. We welcome the new time change and we welcome a whole new season. When I think about Spring, I think about growth and refreshment. I pray that in the upcoming season that not only will there be new growth in the plants, but also growth and refreshment in my spiritual life.
When you really think about it, time is the same every single year. I believe that how fast or slow time goes by is all about our perspective. When we live in the moment and enjoy where we are, it seems slow. When we are focused on a goal and destination, it seems really fast because we are not enjoying the present. I choose to enjoy life each day at a time. We have 24 hour a day, 365 days in a year. I am challenged to ask myself this question: what perspective are we going to have in our life’s moments?
My parents have always talked about college like it was yesterday. I have begun to realize why. Before I know it, my time here at EC will come to an end. The most important lesson I have learned has been outside of the classroom. That each moment God has given me is precious. God has led me to be around a group of guys that keep my fire going. The more I keep pursing God alongside these guys, the deeper I go with God, and the more confident I am in situations where my brothers won’t always be around. I am open to God’s refining fire because I know there is so much more truth God wants to teach me.
March is a time that I love so dearly, new life, and sunshine, and sounds, and colors. However, you are so right–before we know it, it will be December once again, and we will be welcoming 2016. This month, I am learning to relax I am learning to settle, breathe. It is so refreshing to welcome this season with a slower pace.
I agree, time has flown by this semester. It’s hard to believe March is already here. I am praising Him for this March 1st. I am currently fundraising for my World Race and I met the first deadline on time! Thank you, Jesus! I was so worried, but yet again He provided.
This is an example of what I believe this spring will look like in the life of Hannah Jones. Provision. I believe God is going to provide beautiful weather for us Georgians to bask in. I believe God is going to provide new life among the ground, in the earth and new life in our students at EC. He’s already started and it is obvious all around. I’m thankful for His provision. He always seems to know what’s right. 🙂
I think we LET time slip away from us. If we really think about how much TIME we waste on a daily basis, we would realize why the days, months, and years seem to go by so fast. We sleep 8 or so hours a day and most of the remaining 16 hours of day are consumed with things we HAVE to do such as work or school. Whatever time is left over we–specifically myself–tend to be very selfish with that time. I wonder how much slower time would seem if we really used our time more wisely. Its something I struggle with because I tend to try to “waste” time just so I can feel like I have control over my time. The truth is, when I do that, I neglect the God who GAVE me the time in the first place. I choose to be selfish when his ultimate gift to me was himself. Becoming more like him means focusing less on myself and more on Him.
I can’t wait for Friday!… That’s the problem right there. No matter how much we want a certain day to get here or time to arrive, time will always remain constant. It will never change. Then once that time does pass us by we wish we had it all back. Which in a sense makes us hypocrites. We are too busy living in the future instead of present time. What is happening in the now and the beautiful moment that god so carefully created us to live. We don’t ‘Pause’ (pun intended) Being that we want the time to fly by, we often miss the opportunities that god has for us in the moment.
Long term changes is right. If it wasn’t for January or February, I would not have been ready for March. How God prepares you in previous months so that you are ready in months to come. His timing is perfect, so let us focus on that. In the time He has given us, His perfect plan will come. I’m thankful for March. I’m thankful for the preparation God has in store for me in March so that I may be prepared for June, July, and August.
sheesh. thinking about how time flys by really makes me regret all of the things that i have done and the things i could be doing. out of the 5 years i have been at Emmanuel, i don’t really see a big difference i have made. i remember coming in my freshman year and thinking i want to leave an impact, something people will remember me by and now looking back i really can’t say that i have accomplished this goal. i find myself always looking at the big picture and never really taking care of the smaller details that make the big picture what it is supposed to turn out to be.