time is of the essence

1. There is a time for everything

“1 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NKJV)

“There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change.  Have you slipped?  Rise up.  Have you sinned?  Cease.  Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.”
– St. Basil the Great


There is a time for everything and everything happens for a reason…

2. “Wait on the Lord” and be PATIENT!

Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!” – Psalm 27:14

“But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

‎”We must happily ‘wait on the Lord’ for His time is always perfect, remembering the words of St. Augistine ‘Patience is the companion of wisdom.'”
 – HG Bishop Angaelos

“A Patient man will endure until the right moment, and then joy will burst for him.” – Sirach 1:23

3. “What a waste of time…”

“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” – James 4:14 (NKJV)

You have NO time to WASTE… Use your time wisely and use your time to always serve and praise the Lord. When you are on your way to school/work/Uni daily, you should invest your time in praying and thinking of God and ways to serve Him and glorify Him.

Tamav Irene sometimes used to sleep for 4 hours and pray that God will make her feel like it was 8 hours. Why? Because our time on earth is precious and is not enough – we should use all our time preparing for eternity. How? By glorifying God in all that we do.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Not only by replacing listening to the radio with Tasbeha or Sermons, but helping someone in need when you are on your way somewhere. This could be helping a blind man cross the road, having a talk to an old lonely person on the train, etc…

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

So; if you are not always thinking about God and glorifying Him, you are wasting your time. If you are not doing anything good whenever you can, you are sinning.

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16

In other words – We should live by being cautious, exhibiting common sense, fulfilling our time and purpose with all good things..

3. Time for God

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – 2 Peter 3:8

Do not worry about how much time you spend praying daily with your Agpia or reading the Bible – Just make sure its at an appropriate time when you are not tired or rushing. Think of quality over quantity! Don’t time your prayers, but rather pray without limitations, as much as you can, whenever you can.

If you spend time / “one day” with the Lord it doesn’t mean praying, reading the Bible and going to Church… It includes many things like visiting the sick, elderly, imprisoned; helping out with Church functions, events or even helping a child learn to read, etc…

4. Some notes from HH Pope Shenouda III:

 [ 5 ] The Appropriate Time

If you want your words to have their full effect, choose the appropriate time to say them. Put before you the words of the wise man who said: “A word fitly spoken [is] [like] apples of gold In settings of silver.”(Prov 25:11)

If there is a matter which you are concerned about, do not speak about it to anyone who is busy or tired, or who needs a rest or is not in the mood to talk. Do not speak to anyone about it either if he is annoyed or sad about something.

Speak when the ear is ready to listen to your words, and more preferable when it is eager to listen to you. An exception to this is a word of reprimand, like that spoken by John the Baptist to Herod. The important thing to keep before you is that you say your word when it finds an ear ready to listen.

[ 35 ] When? And When

The wise person knows how to behave and knows when to take a particular decision.

When is kindness the right thing and when is firmness? When is it right to take one’s time and when must one be quick? When is it right to keep silent and when is it right to speak?

It is wisdom which activates the appropriate behaviour at the appropriate time, and that is because in most cases it is the particular occasion which determines the suitability of the behaviour.

[163] Give Time a Chance

Patience solves many problems, problems which thinking might be incapable of solving, yet with time they can be solved and by patiently giving God an opportunity to intervene to solve them.

You might speak with someone on a particular subject and he does not agree. Do not be too persistent, though, because pressing him will probably annoy him. But leave him a little while and he may think again on the subject and be convinced, or certain events might happen which make him favour your view. He might also ask the advice of others whom he trusts and they might be of the same opinion as you…

Many matters require a period of time or a period of incubation inside the mind so that they grow and mature.

Those who love speed, however, may lose many situations because of their hasty manner.

Even matters which only need their agreement, also require a period of time in which they can be studied, considered, examined and advice can be sought.

Time is also needed to put these matters before God in prayer, so that His will in them can be revealed…

One more quote I read somewhere:

“The more I committed myself to knowing You by reading Your word and talking to You daily. The more I realized how much time I had wasted. The more I wandered If the end was today, it would be too early for my life to end and too late for where I needed to be in my spiritual life. Commit today. And don’t waste time.”

Going back in time

Can’t go back in time!


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