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[dropcaps style= ‘square’]I[/dropcaps]n a recent conversation, I was asked if I had time for a question. There words struck a chord in me, and I began to think about this whole concept of time. The reality is that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Yet, how we spend our time will ultimately leave traces of our legacy in the years to come. 


What do you do if you don’t feel like you have time for people, family, or other commitments? 

Quiet Places

Balance in life is an elusive term. There are so many different seasons in life that require a different balance and rhythm. When life gets really busy, balance won’t really solve all the issues. The thing we need is margin. We need space in life where we can stop and have a conversation with a friend. We need a buffer to keep our internal rhythm aligned with God’s grace for our lives. 


Mark 1:35 (NIV) says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Jesus took the time to add margin to His life by spending time with His Father. There was a strengthening that occurred through this time that enabled Him to carry out His ministry. When we spend time with the Lord, it helps us to see our lives more clearly. We are able to see the people with whom we need to have a conversation. We are able to see our commitments and responsibilities through a different lens. When our hearts are in tune with His Spirit, we can confidently decline certain commitments so that we can embrace other opportunities that align with His purposes in our lives. 

Finding Jesus

If we were to go out searching for Jesus like the disciples did, we too may be surprised to find Him spending His most valuable time intentionally. In pausing and praying, there is a refocusing of how to spend our time and energy. There is a strengthening that occurs in our hearts. In realizing that we can’t do it all, we can be intentional in our commitments and live life in such a way that we have more than enough time to stop and encourage someone today. 


“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) 

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About Hona Amer

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