Everything Happens in Due Time, Enjoy the Moment

Everything Happens in Due Time, Enjoy the Moment

Everything Happens in Due Time, Enjoy the Moment

In New York, the “Big Apple” dropped as we brought in the New Year.   We gathered with friends and family to celebrate its arrival, but in many places, the New Year had already begun. We don’t always realize that with 38 different local times in use around the world, it takes 26 hours for the New Year to encompass all time zones.  We often begin each year with resolutions, or goals, to lose weight, improve finances and improve relationships, but soon learn that resolutions are easier to make than to keep. 

We don’t make resolutions to be ill-intended, remind ourselves of our imperfections, or be prideful, but to improve our life’s conditions.  However, we are often misguided in our desires.  We base them on our values and beliefs; especially about what, and when things, should happen. If restaurant service is slow or church service runs long, we are annoyed. If people don’t arrive “on time”, we become anxious.  If we don’t get the promotion, we may become discontent. And in some cultures, if we are not married by a certain age or are without children, we may be ostracized.  Yet, we can also be elated when we get ahead of traffics jam or breeze through airport security. 

Whether our emotions are positive or negative, we tend to pass them on to others. You’ve probably experienced how the feelings of another can impact your state of mind or life causing you to stress.  “In fact, “a leader’s stress is felt acutely as it impacts the emotion of an entire group (HRB, July 2019).” Time affects and stresses us this way because we look and experience the world through our own “eyes.”  

Whether our emotions are positive or negative, we tend to pass them on to others. 

Karl Albrecht, author and management consultant, identifies four types of stress we experience associated with time: 

  1. Time stress is experienced when we worry about time, or the lack thereof;
  2. Anticipatory stress describes stress about the future;
  3. Situational stress involves scary situations that we have no control over; and,
  4. Encounter stress which happens when we worry about interacting with a certain person or group of people.

Time is only a tool that allows us to plan and track our activities, create order or chaos, and track our progress.  We measure time in terms of years, months, days, hours and minutes.  We plan our work week, save time for vacation, have maternity and paternity leave, and bank sick leave. But, our use and misuse of time often create unrealistic expectations, unnecessary stress and anxiety in anticipation about what, and when, things should happen.  When we feel stress, we sometimes rush things and make poor decisions, or may procrastinate or delay action. In our attempts to control time, we sometimes forget, it isn’t ours to control.  How many times have you said, “I’ll do it tomorrow?” But James 4:14 (CEV) asks us:

What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little while before it disappears.

We often treat time as a commodity to be bought, sold or traded; rather than a precious gift or inheritance. But, when we view time as an inheritance, we not only value it more, but understand that our impatience is a sign of our human nature.  It may tell us to hurry; but it is also a reminder that “we should wait and seek God (Lamentations 3:25, ERV).”  But according to Got Questions, “this doesn’t mean we sit idly by as we wait on the Lord to act on our behalf. We should not spend our time doing nothing; rather, we should continue to do the work He has given us to do.”  Wherever we find ourselves, there is an opportunity to serve the needs of others. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose gesture; God loves even the smallest gesture. Reading a book and hugging a child, helping someone cross the street, holding a door open, or helping someone load their groceries brings a smile to His face. In waiting for God, we accept time as our inheritance and trust in Him with the understanding that:

“God makes everything happen at the right time. Yet none of us can ever fully understand all he has done, and he puts questions in our minds about the past and the future. I know the best thing we can do is to always enjoy life, because God’s gift to us is the happiness we get from our food and drink and from the work we do” (Ecclesiastes3:11-13, CEV).

As the New Year commences, we should plan and work towards better health, finances and relationships; but when things don’t go as planned; we don’t have to surrender to stress or allow anxiety and despair to overcome us.  We should enjoy the moment; love the ones we are with and take great comfort in knowing that, “Everything on earth has its own time and its own season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, CEV).

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Gilbert Camacho

Gilbert Camacho serves as President, Organizational Leadership Solutions, a management consulting firm, based in Melbourne, Florida.  Gilbert is a certified Lead Like Jesus Facilitator with extensive leadership experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  He has been a contributing author to the Lead Like Jesus Blog for almost 3 years writing monthly on such issues as servant leadership, accountability, trust and integrity.  Gilbert s a sought-after Speaker, Trainer, and Executive Coach.  Gilbert is a Registered Shared Neutral (Mediator) with the State Supreme Court of Georgia.  He recently retired an Associate Director for the Human Resources Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Gilbert has been married to his best friend, Annie, for almost 40 years.  Together they have raised two beautiful daughters, Holley and Logan. 

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