Time is one of those gifts most of us take for granted. We don’t give
a second thought that we may not be here tomorrow. This, in turn, leads
to many excuses for not starting something today and waiting for
“tomorrow” before we begin. Each of us at some point in our lives has
said some version of “I’ll wait until I have all my ducks in a row
before I start.”
Matthew Kelly stated:“Time is a precious gift. It
is so precious that God dispenses it to you one second at a time. Do
not waste time.”
Look at your calendar. How do you treat your gift
of time? Are you self-indulgent with your time? Do you waste it away
with mindless inactivity or do you go to the other extreme and clutter
it with too much activity? Do you leave time for God in your daily
schedule? Do you ask the Holy Spirit for His guidance throughout the
Remember what the Gospel of Matthew warns: “Therefore stay
awake! For you do not know on which day the Lord will come.” This is our
call to stay ready and to be vigilant; to use our time wisely and in a
way that brings ourselves and others closer to God.
bishops’ pastoral letter from 1992, “Stewardship: A Disciple’s
Response,” states “Jesus’ call is urgent. He does not tell people to
follow Him at some point in time in the future, but here and now — at
this moment, in these circumstances.” This applies to all of us,
regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. We’re being called
God asks that we, as good stewards, return in gratitude the
“first fruits” of our time to Him. This is called prayer. We should be
absolutely grateful (and in awe) that our Creator wants to spend quality
time with us, both as a community and with each of us individually,
each and every day.
In our prayer time, we should pay attention
and discern Jesus’ voice from the other voices that may be vying for our
attention. We need to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in discerning
Jesus’ voice so that we can determine how God is calling us to use our
gifts to build His kingdom on earth, right here and right now. “My sheep
hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
are all blessed, regardless of our individual circumstances. God has
given us many gifts. How we use those gifts is our gift back to God. So,
don’t delay any further. Talk and listen to God right now. How is He
calling you to use your gifts at this very moment?
is the director of stewardship education in the Archdiocese of St.
Louis. He and his wife are parishioners at Mary, Mother of the Church in
south St. Louis County. He can be reached at (314) 792-7215 or