Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
Yesterday we talked about our use of free time and how we used that personally and in our time at school. Today I’d like us to reflect on how we use our time when it’s regarding our relationships with others. This falls into the category of family and friends.
Regarding friends, first. Seniors, I need you to go way back to first semester Freshmen year. Thinking back to that time, are you still friends with the people that you had befriended those first few months at the old campus in Lansing? Seems so long ago, that maybe you can hardly remember that time. If you are, what qualities in those friends that you still have has kept you as friends? Loyalty to you, and you to them in return, is certainly one of those characteristics and qualities.
But, what about those friends that you are no longer friends with, who you don’t spend time with anymore? This no longer pertains to just our Seniors, but every class level and Staff member. To those people who were in our lives at one time, but no longer are, why not? What changed? For what reasons are you choosing to no longer spend time with the people you once did?
And, family. Many of us have people in our lives who are not blood related but who we refer to as family. So, when I speak of family, it doesn’t necessarily have to be blood relatives.
When it comes to family and friends, it’s hard work to make time for everyone we’d like to be able to hang out with or do things with. How many times have you said to someone, “We should hang out sometime”, and then it never happens….. And it becomes awkward the next time that you see that person because you had no intention of making time for that family member or friend in the first place?
God intended for us to have relationships with people. People who make us better when we are around them. Remember that part in our verse in Ephesians where it says, “because the days are evil”. We need to spend time with people of strong character. Sin is around us each and every day and Satan is determined and beyond happy when we misuse our time, especially with people of poor character.
May your prayer today be that we make good and wise choices regarding who we spend our time with. I’d like to close with the verse we’ve been following so far this week: Be very careful, then, how you live – not as wise, but as unwise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.