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THE CHURCH
OF ENGLAND “When the
power of love
overcomes the
love of power
the world will
know peace”
< I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you reading this have found yourself saying, ‘But how can it be July already?’, or something similar. It’s worth stopping and thinking about this. As I wrote in this column last summer, we are all give the same amount of lives to live: just one! If there is anything I dread, it’s getting towards the end of my one life and finding that I am full of regrets for the things I have not done, that I meant and really wanted to do, but never quite got round to.

If you have a faith in God, this is even more of an important issue: God has entrusted each of us with this one life, and if we want to honour Him with that life, then the one thing we don’t want to do is waste any of it!

As you might expect, the Bible echoes this sentiment. The apostle Paul wrote this advice to the Ephesian Christians: “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15,16). (The reference to the days being evil is about how there was much moral    
evil in the culture in which they lived – just as there is today).

So we need a strategy for how to make the most of this precious life we’ve been given, and we could do worse than to heed the advice once given by Lord Chesterfield: “I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves” (The Power of Leadership by John Maxwell, p.92).

I think most of us will know what he means by that. It is the easiest thing in the world to know what you want to do on a particular day, but, and this applies especially if it is not a job you particularly relish doing, you put off doing it by frittering time away on this, that and the other – and before you know it, there is no longer time to do the thing you had intended, and probably needed, to do on that day.

This might seem a trivial issue, but it really isn’t, because it concerns what we do with the one life we’ve been given to live, and few things are more important than that. If this is something you have not already done, it is worth taking time to sit      
down and think carefully about what you really want to achieve in your life, and then make plans for how you might reach your goals. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then this is something you will want to do before God in prayer, asking Him to direct your goals in line with His loving purpose for your life.

If you are looking forward to some time away on holiday this summer, that can be a good opportunity to take time out to think through these far-reaching questions. If you are not going away, then it may still be that you have some time off in these summer months when it is possible to slow down and give a bit of thought to ‘the important stuff’. You might feel that now is the time to find some connection with God. If that is the case, keep an eye out for our Harvest Parish newsletter, where you’ll find the dates when we’ll be running our autumn Christianity Explored course.

But whatever you do, watch those minutes, and the hours – and even the days – will take care of themselves.
Rupert Hankey Writes about
“Keep an eye
out for our
Harvest
Parish newsletter
where you’ll find
the dates when
we’ll be running
our autumn
Christianity
Explored course” The Minutes