I remember memorizing the following quote at some point in my childhood – “Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.” The “past life” speaks of time that has been spent. Time – the only thing that we really have to give.
The past two weekends have been busy with retreats for my leadership classes. We spent part of the first weekend talking about, among other things: building “A House of Destiny” and crafting a vision statement/life plan.
I shared with these emerging young leaders that my vision was to be a “people builder called to use all my gifts and abilities to see people released to achieve their God-given potential – to help others find and fulfill their purpose.” To accomplish this I need to give time to five areas in my life: Recreation, Reading, Renewal/Reflection, Rhythm [music] and Relationships.
All my “Rs” can essentially be done solo, except relationships. Relationships require a two-way interaction – growing toward and growing together. Relationships also involve trust, tenacity [stick-to-itive-ness] and “the gift of time” to another person – time to be with, time to listen to. The rewards are rich.
My resolve going forward is to endeavour to give the gift of time to my five Rs but especially to the important people/relationships in my life.
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