24 March 2014

Too Much Time on Your Hands?

Recently, someone commented that I have too much time on my hands.


Once I got over the sense of incredulity, I got to thinking about it.  Do I? Or does it just seem to those ignorant of my reality to be the case? Bingo!

So I am taking the time to talk about time.

To be sure, I have no idea what the person meant by their statement.  I asked for an explanation, but was given none.

So, let's start here:
TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven: 
Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP
If indeed there is a time for everything, than having too much time on one's hands is an impossibility, for there would also be a time for doing nothing and doing folly. 

I do not naturally, nor willingly partake in folly.  By its name alone, it is unattractive to me.  I was not, at the time of my critic's comment, doing nothing, so let's see what I do do. (yes, I said it).

I fulfill, on a regular basis, the following roles:

I am a homeschooling, house-husband.  In the area of "bringing home the bacon" or "frying it in the pan", Perla and I have reversed roles.  These reversed roles work for us.  We are both most effective for each other and our family where we are.  I think it's the misunderstanding of this that has caused people over the years to make similar observations.

As a homeschooler, I attend to the education of my child on a daily basis.  I am, at times, the teacher, the teacher's aide, the hall monitor, the librarian and the principal, all at once. (At this moment, I'm also the lunch-lady).

As a house-husband, I do the shopping, the dishes, the cleaning and the cooking.  I organize the family's calendar, seeing to our attendance of church events, soccer practice and games, physical activities and our limited social calendar.

I am a business owner.  I oversee every single aspect of our TWO main businesses; a janitorial service and a maid service, on a personal and professional level.  Additionally, this year sees the start of  a new business venture as well for which I will be responsible on an operational level as well as additional labor.

I am clergy.  Both Perla and I are ordained elders in our fellowship and as such bear the responsibilities of the position.  We are at the church, if our schedule allows, every time the door is open; and sometimes even if our schedule doesn't allow.  We pray. We study the Word.  Sometimes we are called on to teach or preach.  I am on the worship team there as well.

When I can, I make it to the gym or go cycling with Elijah.

I am also an author, of which this blog is a part.

That's what I am doing now. Additionally, the planning stages for what we will be doing in the future also occupy my time.  A major part of that involves intensive social networking and a growth phase in the areas of media and public relations.

I am well aware of what time I spend on what activities.  None of it is wasted.

Indeed, sometimes it seems as if I do not have enough time on my hands.

I do not forget the importance of this verse:

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 AMP

Our sole purpose for our lives right now is to bring others to Christ and to see the church united, honoring God.  With that as our goal, we should be busy every moment ~ which I am.

How about you? Are you busy? Or do you have too much time on your hands?

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