(Video of my family, joyful in the moment.)
Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:15-16
Redeeming the time.
This has also been translated, “make the most of every opportunity.”
Each moment contains an opportunity – an opportunity to be righteous, to serve, to believe, to love, to use our gifts.
That opportunity is lost, unless we redeem it.
But each moment also contains meaning. Each time we slow down and thank God, we proclaim the truth: He is there! Each seemingly empty moment is revealed to have beauty and value.
As Ann Voscamp wrote in One Thousand Gifts, “I want to slow down and taste life, give thanks, and SEE God.”
Time is redeemed.
Voscamp realized, “This day is not a sieve, losing time. With each passing minute, each passing year, there’s this deepening awareness that I am filling, gaining time.”
Each time we redeem a moment, it is gained. It becomes solid. It resonates into the future.
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
Each time we redeem a moment we steal it from Satan. We negate his lie that life is meaningless.
We declare the reality that the goodness of God all around us, and He gives to us ceaselessly, abundantly. We receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. (Hebrews 12:28)
We maintain that even our struggles have purpose: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” II Cor 4:17
Day by day, the worldly veil fades away, and our spiritual self becomes manifest.
Redeeming the time.
Overflowing with thanksgiving. Savoring experience. Being wholly present.
Defining each moment as a parcel of God, full with meaning and opportunity.
Taking hold of the life that is truly life.
(A serendipity — we came across this moving version of “By Our Love.” Ken translated it into beautiful guitar chords that we all sang at house church yesterday. So wonderful. )