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Stop Killing Time! | SYNTICHE

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I have a confession to make. I kill time. A lot. You see I’m young and like most people my age, part of the arrogance of my youth is the assumption that I have time. That I have ‘My whole life ahead of me’. So I waste time procrastinating, I prolong my love affair with sleep (no but seriously, just how beautiful is sleep?), I practice the luxury of being a perfectionist, I waste time on trivialities… on YouTube… and I kill time simply for the sake of killing time.

But if you, like me, are in your mid- twenties and trying to get your life together,  trying to plan for the future and to reach those life goals, then maybe you, like me, are starting to feel uneasy whenever you hear the phrase, ‘killing time’. To say we’re killing time is to assume that time is alive, capable of producing and creating.

I was reading Psalms 1:1-3 recently, and I noticed something in verse 3 that I’ve never noticed before: “He [or she] is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season”. In its season. That suggests that there is a season for everything- a specific time in which everything is to take place. That got me thinking. What if God has set a specific time for all my hopes, dreams, plans and pursuits- everything I’m currently working for- to spring forth? To blossom; bloom; produce- to bear fruit. What if my seed is on a schedule? And yet because I chose to kill time instead, when that time presents itself, I have no fruit to show. The dream that was meant to burst forth three months from now instead stays dormant for 6 months, meaning a domino effect of further delay down the line.

Now I know that the God we serve is all-powerful. Therefore, I’m not saying that if we miss that moment in time then it’s over for our life. Never. My God can contingency plan like a Boss 😏. What I’m saying is that discipline is a beautiful thing worth cultivating. I’ve spoken to so many people, who feel as if they’re being delayed or unfruitful or ineffective in their lives. They feel stagnant, as if they’re not progressing.  And I can’t help but wonder, how disciplined are we being with our time? Is spending our evenings trying to get through the entire season of Luke Cage really the best use of our time?

As Christians, we are called to be productive. There’s a passage in Matthew 21:18-19 where Jesus goes to eat fruit from a fig tree, but when he gets to the tree, there’s no fruit on it. So Jesus curses the tree for its lack of productiveness, and it withers straightaway. It’s that serious guys. Think about it:

1. It was a fig tree. What do fruit trees do? They bear fruit- they produce.

2. It was the tree’s season to bear fruit, yet it had nothing.

3. It is not that the tree couldn’t bear fruit- the passage says it was full of leaves, so it was capable of bearing. If it was capable of bearing leaves in abundance, then it means the conditions were right for it to be able to bear fruit, it just hadn’t produced any… yet. It was time wasting guys.

The Bible says that there’s a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3). A seedtime and a time for harvest.If you want to know where you’ll be in 10 years from now, take a look at how you’re using your time today. As a popular saying goes, don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same seconds, minutes and hours in a day as Einstein, mother Theresa and Obama 😏 so get disciplined and stop killing time!

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Passionate about smoothies and social injustice issues, Syntiche seeks to encourage others to have a greater love for God, for themselves and for the world they live in.

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