On Tuesday, our son Jack will be 7 months old. It seems, these days, most of my life lessons come from him. Being a parent has totally changed many of my perspectives, one of which is the value of time.


Before Jack was born, time was one of those things that I never really gave a second thought. Honestly, many times it would seem that I had way too much and I found myself trying to “kill” it. Since April 26th however, time has flown by. The recent death of my father has also cultivated these thoughts and has provoked me to think about how valuable life and time are. Now, it seems I never have enough and they have become some of my most treasured assets.


A verse in Scripture that I had previously read, but am now better understanding the meaning, is James 4:14. It says, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (ESV). That couldn’t be more true. In the grand perspective of God’s eternity, the time we have on this earth is so minute. It’s like a drop of water in the largest ocean.


Thinking about the value of time, this Thanksgiving, let’s try to make the most of it. Spend time with family, laugh together, pray together, worship God together, and take joy in the memories that He has given each of you. With stores and sales calling out to us for early Christmas shopping, it can be difficult to slow down and think about how blessed we are. Instead of being in such a rush this holiday season, take time to be thankful for what God has given you. Let’s try to make the most of our time for Him. Let’s use it to bring Him glory and not put it to waste!
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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.